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Hungarian Open action starts tomorrow

Rebecca Hughes

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The ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open starts tomorrow – with six English players competing.

Taking place in Budapest, the competition will start with the qualifying group stage.

Competing in the women’s singles is England No 2 Maria Tsaptsinos.

Tsaptsinos, world ranked 211, will face Slovenia’s Alex Galic (WR 84) in Preliminary Round 1 at 2pm UK time.

England’s top five men are also competing.

David McBeath will face Adam Szudi (HUN) while Tom Jarvis plays Stephane Ouaiche (FRA) at 10.40am UK time. Paul Drinkhall is up against the home nation’s Do Phuong Nam at 11.30am UK time. Sam Walker’s first opponent is yet to be confirmed, but he will play at 5.50pm UK time.

The action for Liam Pitchford begins in the knock-out rounds on Thursday. He is seeded eighth in this competition.

In the mixed doubles, Tom Jarvis will play with Wales’ Charlotte Carey. They take on Serbia’s Aleksandar Karakasevic & Izabela Lupulesku at 4pm UK time.

Carey will also partner Tsaptsinos in the women’s doubles, while Drinkhall & Walker are partners in the men’s doubles. Pitchford will play with Belgium’s Cedric Nuytinck.

Men’s Singles

Preliminary Round 1

David McBeath vs Adam Szudi (HUN) – table 12 – 10.40am UK time

Tom Jarvis vs Stephane Ouaiche (FRA) – table 15 – 10.40am UK time

Paul Drinkhall vs Do Phuong Nam (HUN) – table 8 – 11.30am UK time

Sam Walker vs TBC – table 11 – 5.50pm UK time

Women’s Singles

Preliminary Round 1

Maria Tsaptsinos vs Alex Galic (SLO) – table 14 – 2pm UK time

Mixed Doubles

Preliminary Round 1

Tom Jarvis & Charlotte Carey vs Aleksandar Karakasevic & Izabela Lupulesku (SRB) – table 11 – 4pm UK time

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