2019 ITTF World Junior Circuit – Chinese Taipei
Thursday 26th September
Success for hosts but Japanese visitors centre stage
The top two steps of the podium; it was the highly creditable outcome for the hosts in the junior boys’ team event on Thursday 26th September at the 2019 Chinese Taipei Junior and Cadet Open.
Additionally it was a good day for Korea Republic, they prevailed in the cadet boys’ team event; however, Japan emerged the most successful, they claimed both junior girls’ and cadet girls’ team titles.
After a 3-0 penultimate round win against Japan’s Kazuki Hamada, Hayata Suzuki and Sora Matsushima; the Chinese Taipei trio of Tai Ming-Wei, Huang Yu-Jen and Huang Yan-Chen gained the same margin of victory in the final, when facing colleagues Li Hsin-Yu, Feng Yi-Hsin and Yang Xhi-Xing.
Earlier in counterpart semi-final, Li Hsin-Yu, Feng Yi-Hsin and Yang Xhi-Xing had claimed a 3-1 success when facing the combination of Korea Republic’s Park Gyeongtae and Park Minjun who joined forces with Iran’s Amin Ahmadian.
Imposing from Tai Ming-Wei, Huang Yu-Jen and Huang Yan-Chen, it was the same in the junior girls’ team event from the Japanese trio comprising Kaho Akae, Reina Aso and Hina Higashikawa. A 3-0 semi-final win against Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Yee, Chau Wing Sze and Wong Chu Yau was followed by 3-1 success in the final when facing Chinese Taipei’s Chien Tung-Chuan, Yi Hsiu-Ting and Cai Fong-En.
The Chinese Taipei trio had received a direct entry to the semi-final round.
Success for Japan in the junior girls’ team event, it was the same in the cadet girls’ team competition, victory at the expense of Chinese Taipei. Sachi Aoki and Miwa Harimoto struck gold. A hard fought 3-2 win against Chinese Taipei’s Chen Tsai-Ni and Liu Ru-Yun was followed by a 3-1 margin of victory in opposition to Chu Yi-Ching and Tsai Yun-En.
Names to note, in the cadet boys’ team event, the player to attract the attention was Park Changgeon, he guided Korea Republic to the top step of the podium.
Partnering Kim Min-Su, he remained unbeaten in singles’ encounters, as Chinese Taipei experience 3-2 defeats in both the semi-final and final. Kao Cheng-Jui and Chang Yu-An suffered in the preliminary round; in the title decider it was Zhang Huan-Qi, Yen Kun-Lin and Shih Yu-Kai.
In the counterpart semi-final, the Chinese Taipei trio had recorded a 3-1 win in opposition to Hong Kong’s Yu Nok and Baldwin Chan Ho Wah.
Team events concluded, on Friday 27th September the focus turns to the initial stages of the junior boys’ and junior girls’ singles events, as well as the cadet boys’ singles and cadet girls’ singles competitions.