2019 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open
Thursday 8th August
Japanese trio asserts authority, sets high standards
Impressive performances, Japan’s Kaho Akae, Haruna Ojio and Sakura Yokoi set the standard on the second day of play, Thursday 8th August, at the 2019 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open.
They won the junior girls’ team title without at no stage of the event surrendering a single individual match, securing the title at the expense of Hong Kong. At the semi-final stage they beat the combination of Ng Wing Lam, Wong Chin Yau and Karen Lee Hoi Man, followed by success in opposition to Lee Ka Yee, Chau Wing Sze and Fung Wai Chu.
Gold for Japan; in the cadet girls’ team event the medal was the same colour but somewhat more hard earned. Following a 3-0 semi-final success in opposition to Hong Kong’s Wong Hoi Ting and Phoebe Hui Wai, Miwa Harimoto and Sachi Aoki needed the full five matches to overcome Korea Republic’s Kim Nayeong and Lee Yeonhui.
Mainstay of the success was Miwa Harimoto, she beat both Kim Nayeong (10-12, 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8) and Lee Yeonhui (6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8); star of the show was Sachi Aoki, in the concluding match of the fixture, she accounted for Lee Yeonhui (11-5, 5-11, 10-12, 14-12, 11-7).
Hard earned success, it was even harder for Singapore in the junior boys’ team event. Selecting Pang Yew En Koen, Josh Chua Shao Han and Shi Kexun a 3-2 semi-final win was secured against Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yan-Cheng, Tai Ming-Wei and Li Hsin-Yu, before in the final, with Lim Dao Yi replacing Shi Kexun, the same margin of victory was achieved when facing India’s Raegen Alburquerque, Akash Pal and Anukram Jain.
Success but at one stage defeat loomed for Singapore. Pang Yew En Koen lost to Raegan Alburquerque (11-5, 11-6, 6-11, 4-11, 11-7), before Josh Chua Shao Han suffered against Akash Pal (11-4, 11-5, 11-7). Trailing, Lim Dao Yi came to the rescue, he accounted for Anukram Jain (8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-1), Josh Chua Shao Han followed suit, he overcame Raegan Alburquerque (11-8, 11-8, 11-9) prior to Pang Yew En Koen sealing the victory (6-11, 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-4).
A full distance junior boys’ team final, it was the same in the cadet boys’ team competition; Iran’s Navid Shams and Hong Kong’s Yu Nok found Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chia-Chuan and Kao Cheng-Jui, most worthy opponents.
Navid Shams beat Chuang Chia-Chuan (11-9, 6-11, 15-13, 11-3), Yu Nok overcame Kao Cheng-Jui (11-3, 12-10, 11-7). At that stage a Chinese Taipei fightback began. Chuang Chia-Chuan and Kao Cheng-Jui combined to win the doubles (3-11, 11-7, 5-11, 12-10, 11-6), Kao Cheng-Jui accounted for Navid Shams (11-7, 11-9, 11-1). The contest in the balance, Yu Nok returned to the table, he sealed the victory; in four games he overcame Chuang Chia-Chuan (11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7).
Team events concluded; attention now turns to the individual competitions, play concludes on Sunday 11th August.
Editor: Ian Marshall
Photo Credit: HKTTA Photographer