2019 Asian Junior & Cadet Championships
Ulanbaator, Monday 1st September
Quarter-finals the target on first day in Ulanbaator
Japan and Hong Kong head the order on the first day of play, Monday 2nd September, in the respective junior boys’ team and junior girls’ team at the 2019 Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Ulanbaator, Mongolia.
Three groups in the initial phase of each event, the task is first or second place and thus join the top two seeded outfits in the round of the last eight.
In the group stage of the junior boys’ team, Japan, Iran and Korea Republic are the leading outfits. Runner up at last year’s World Junior Championships, Yukiya Uda leads Japan; he is supported by Shunsuke Togami, Kakeru Sone and Horoto Shinosuke. Winner of the recent Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open, Amin Ahmadian leads the line for Iran, he joins forces with Mohammed Mousavi Taher, Mahdi Madankan and Ali Akbar Shoari.
Differently, for Korea Republic the squad comprises players yet to make their mark on the international stage; Jung Seongwon, Kim Woojin, Park Gyunhyeon and Lee Gihun form the selection.
At the top of the list on the opening day; Hong Kong’s Ng Wing Lam, Chau Wing Sze, Lee Ka Yee and Fung Wai Chu form the top names. Following is the Korea Republic with Shin Yubin, the mixed doubles winner alongside Cho Daeseong at the recent ITTF World Tour Czech Open. She is supported by Choi Haeeun, Ryu Hanna and Lee Daeson. Chinese Taipei’s Cai Fong-En, Yu Hsiu-Ting, Chen Ting-Chuan and Tsai Yu-Chin complete the top three teams on first day duty.
Not required on day one; China occupies the top seeded places in both events; for the boys they select from Liu Yebo, Xu Yingbin, Zeng Beixun and Xiang Peng, for the girls it is Wu Yangchen, Shi Xunyao, Kuai Man and Huang Yingqi. Second spot on the boys’ team listing is India who select from Raegan Alburquerque, Manush Utpalbhai Shah, Deepit Patil and Anukran Jain; for the girls it is the Japanese combination of Miyuu Kihara, Miyu Nagasaki, Haruna Ojio and Fung Wai Chu. Miyuu Kihara is very much a name to note; earlier this year she won the women’s singles title at the 2019 ITTF Challenge Zagreb Open.
In the cadet boys’ event, China’s Xu Hongrui, Huang Youzheng and Chen Yuanyu head the seeding followed by Japan’s Hayate Suzuki, Rikto Maeda and Sora Matsushima. Likewise in the cadet girls’ team event China leads. Chen Yi, Xu Yi and Sun Xiaomeng head the list followed by Korea Republic’s Kim Nayeong, Kim Seongjin and Lee Yeonhui.
All team events conclude on Wednesday 4th September.
Editor: Ian Marshall