2019 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open
Sunday 11th August
Titles for Amin Ahmadian and Haruna Ojio on final day in Hong Kong
Iran’s Amin Ahmadian and Haruna Ojio emerged the most successful players on the concluding day of action, Sunday 11th August, at the 2019 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open.
After partnering Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun to success in the junior boys’ doubles event, Amin Ahmadian secured the junior boys’ singles title. Similarly Haruna Ojio, who had been a member of the successful Japanese junior girls’ team on the second day of action, allied with colleague Miwa Harimoto to claim cadet girls’ doubles gold, prior to securing the junior girls’ singles title.
Notably for both Amin Ahmadian and Haruna Ojio it was their first ever junior singles titles on the ITTF World Junior Circuit.
In the junior girls’ singles event, following a semi-final win against Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsiu-Ting, the no.3 seed (11-5, 11-4, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8), Haruna Ojio beat Korea Republic’s Choi Haeeun (11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 12-14, 5-11, 11-7, 11-5) to seal the top prize. The success coming after the cadet girls’ doubles title had been gained at the expense of India’s Anargya Manjunath and Suhana Saini (11-4, 11-5, 11-5).
Imposing from Haruna Ojio, it was no different from Amin Ahmadian. Junior boys’ doubles gold secured in opposition to Korea Republic’s Park Gyeongtae and Woo Hyeonggyu; he beat Singapore’s Pang Yew En Koen, the top seed (11-9, 11-9, 4-11, 12-10, 11-7) to claim the junior boys’ singles title. At the semi-fina stage, the no.3 seed, Amin Ahmadian had overcome Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yan-Cheng (12-10, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 13-15, 11-9, 11-4).
Silver for Park Gyeongtae and Woo Hyeonggyu, for colleague Kim Nayeong, it was gold, she won the cadet girls’ singles title accounting for Miwa Harimoto in the final (11-8, 11-6, 11-5). Runners up spot for Japan, in the counterpart cadet boys’ singles event it was the top step. Only 12 years old, Sora Matsushima beat Chinese Taipei’s Chang Yu-An (11-7, 13-15, 11-3, 10-12, 11-9) to claim first prize.
The second step of the podium for Chang Yu-An, it had been the same earlier in the day, in harness with Jiang Kai of the United States. He experienced cadet boys’ doubles defeat at the hands of colleagues Chuang Chia-Chuan and Kao Cheng-Jui (9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-7). Silver for Chinese Taipei, in the one remaining event determined on the concluding day of play it was gold and silver; Chen Tung-Chuan and Yu Hsui-Ting beat Cai Fong-En and Chu Yi-Ching (11-3, 11-5, 11-9) in the junior girls’ doubles final.
Play concluded in Hong Kong, on the ITTF World Junior Circuit attention now focuses on other side of the world; the 2019 El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open, staged in the country’s capital city of San Salvador, starts on Wednesday 14th August.
Editor: Ian Marshall
Photo Credit: HKTTA Photographer