The third set, however, didn’t go his way, with Paltan’s Kirill defending amazingly well and retrieving everything that Chih-Yuan threw at him. It proved to be a fascinating tussle, replete with long rallies and powerful smashes. In the end, though, Kirill prevailed to set the stage for World No. 11 Hoi Kem. She wrapped up the tie in the first set itself.