The table tennis representative selection for the Asian Games to be held in September began in Tokyo on the 9th, and Tokyo Olympic medalists Mima Ito and Miu Hirano got off to a good start with two wins each. ..

The Asian tournament is scheduled to be held in China in September, and Tomokazu Harimoto and Hina Hayata, who won the domestic tournament held in March, have already been selected as representatives of the singles.

From the 9th, the representative selection for singles, which has only one slot left for both men and women, started at Akabane Gymnasium in Kita-ku, Tokyo.

The selection will be held in a league format in which eight men and women are divided into two groups, and the player who ranked first in each league will advance to the final and the player who won the championship will be the representative of the singles.

On the 9th, the first day of the two-day selection, two games were played for both men and women.

Of these, in the first women's game, Hirano and Kasumi Ishikawa, who both won silver medals in the Tokyo Olympics group, played against each other, and Hirano demonstrated his characteristics such as deciding a strong smash in the first game, 11 to 4 I took it at.

From the second game onward, Hirano, who took the initiative from beginning to end with a skillful receive, won straight with a game count of 4-0, and in the following second game, he won 4 to 1 for two consecutive victories.

In addition, Ito, who joined another group, advanced the match with a variety of unique serves in both the first and second games, and both won straight and won two.

On the 10th, the remaining one league match and the final will be held.

Ito "I was able to show my goodness"

Mima Ito, who won two straight wins, said, "I was able to calmly watch the opponent in both games, and I was able to show my goodness. My legs were moving very well and I was confident in the match. I'm facing the situation. "

On top of that, he said, "I think the first match will be especially important, so I'll do my best so that I can play in my own way."

Hirano "I had a very good feeling"

In addition, Miu Hirano, who won two games such as Kasumi Ishikawa, said, "I'm glad I was able to win firmly after leading 3-0 because I lost to Ishikawa in the previous tournament. I think I was conscious of scoring one point. I felt very good about playing the game, so I think I can do it with confidence. "