Budapest, Apr 24 : Top seeds in the men's doubles, Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima from Japan, has fallen in the round of 32 at the world table tennis championships.
The French team of Tristan Flore and Emmanuel Lebesson, seeded 22nd, clinched an exhilarating win over their esteemed Japanese rivals after a hard-fought seven sets.
The biggest shock of the day in singles competitions saw world no. 157 An Jaehyun of South Korea beat No. 14 Wong Chun Ting from Hong Kong, China, 4-0 in the men's singles round of 128.
The other seeded casualties included two Chinese Taipei players - world No. 26 Chen Chien-An, who fell to No. 232 Tomas Polansky of the Czech Republic by a 4-3 scoreline, and No. 20 Chuang Chih-yuan, who suffered elimination at the hands of Tiago Apolonia of Portugal, also by 4-3.
The day saw world and Olympic champion Ma Long came from one set down to beat American Kanak Jha, a bronze medalist at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Jha started strong and won the first set, but the Chinese team captain fought back to claim a 4-1 victory to book a round of 32 clash against Belarussian veteran Vladimir Samsonov. (UNI-XINHUA)