Martin Allegro joined the final draw of the men’s singles table tennis tournament, Singapore’s WTT Grand Smash, one of the four major table tennis World Tour events, endowed with $ 2 million, on Thursday, after his success in the third and final qualifying round.
The Belgian N.1, 84th in the world, first eliminated Englishman Paul Drinkhall (WTT 72) on Thursday morning in the second preliminary round 3 sets to 2 (5-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8 and 11-5). The 26-year-old left-hander then played his place in the final draw in the evening against the Brazilian Vitor Ishiy (WTT 68). He signed his most convincing victory of the tournament in three sets: 12-10, 11-4, 16-14.
Cedric Nuytinck (WTT 105) was eliminated on Wednesday at the second stage of these men’s singles qualifications by the Iranian Noshad Alamiyan, 31 years old and 87th in the world, 3 sets to 1 (15-13, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7).
Allegro is also competing in the doubles in Singapore with Florent Lambiet (WTT 143). Nuytinck is associated with the Polish Jakub Dyjas (WTT 93) in this same table.
This tournament is played until March 19 by 128 players in singles and 24 pairs of doubles and is the last meeting to be taken into account to designate the players who will be able to participate in the World Championships from May 20 to 28 in Durban. in South Africa.