2019 Asian Junior & Cadet Championships
Ulaanbaatar, Tuesday 3rd September
China secure, destination Thailand
Places in the 2019 World Junior Championships at the stake; China booked their reservations as a result of semi-final successes on the evening of Tuesday 3rd September in both the junior boys and junior girls’ team events at the 2019 Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Ulaanbaator.
In the boys’ team event they will line up alongside India, in the girls Japan; the one remaining place remains to be decided.
Asia is eligible for three places in each of the boys’ team and girls’ team events at the 2019 World Junior Championships.
The third place will be decided following the conclusion of the individual events; in each of the boys’ singles and girls’ singles events, the performance of the highest ranked player, based on the under 18 world listings, from the losing semi-final teams, is the criteria. Third place will be awarded to the team whose highest ranked player progresses the furthest in the respective boys’ singles and girls’ singles events. Should the placing be equal, the finish of the second ranked player from each team and so on is the criteria.
On duty for China in the boys’ team event, Xiang Peng, Xu Yingbin and Liu Yebo imposed their authority. Following a 3-0 quarter-final win opposition to Singapore’s Pang Yew En Koen, Dominic Koh Song Jun and Josh Chua Shao Han; success by the same margin against the Chinese Taipei outfit formed by Feng Yi-Hsin, Tai Ming-Wei and Li Hsin, secured a final place.
Earlier, in the penultimate round, the Chinese Taipei trio had recorded a 3-2 win in opposition to Iran’s Mohammad Mousavi Taher, Amin Ahmadian and Mahdi Madankan; backbone of the victory being Feng Yi-Hsin. He accounted fr both Mohammad Mousavi Taher (11-4, 11-9, 11-8) and Amin Ahmadian (11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8).
A tense win for Chinese Taipei; it was the same for India but one round later. Selecting Raegan Alburquerque, Manush Utpalbhai Shah and Anukram Jain, a 3-1 quarter-final win was claimed against Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun, Wattanachai Samranvong and Thyme Sanglertsilpachai, before with no changes to the line-up, a full distance win was the outcome in opposition to Korea Republic’s Park Gyuhyeon, Kim Woojin, and Lee Gihun.
Hero of the hour for India was Raegan Alburquerque; in the vital fifth match of the engagement, he accounted for Park Gyuhyeon (11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6); the win coming after Kim Woojin had beaten both Raegan Alburquerque (11-6, 11-5, 12-10) and Manush Utpalbhai Shah (11-9, 11-8, 13-11).
A significant success, the Korea Republic outfit was in form; at the quarter-final stage they had posted a 3-2 win against the Japanese combination of Yukiya Uda, Hiroto Shinozuka and Kakeru Sone.
Meanwhile, in the junior girls’ team event, selecting Shi Xunyao, Wu Yangchen and Kuai Man, a 3-0 win quarter-final round victory was recorded against Iran’s Shima Safaei, Melika Karami and Kimia Rostami, prior to a 3-1 success being the outcome when at the semi-final stage opposing the Korea Republic selection of Choi Haeeun, Shin Yubin and Lee Daeun.
Convincing quarter-final success, it was the same in the opposite half of the draw. DPR Korea represented by Kim Kum Yong, Pyon Song Gyong and Kim Un Song recorded a 3-0 win against Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsiu-Ting, Tsai Yu-Chin and Chien Tung-Chuan. Likewise, Japan with Kyoka Idesawa, Miyu Nagasaki and Haruna Ojio in action, secured the same margin of success in opposition to the Indian formation of Prapti Sen, Anusha Kutumbale and Swastika Ghosh.
Comprehensive but when the teams met to decide the final place it was very different; it was a gruelling affair. In a contest lasting four hours and 10 minutes, DRK Korea eventually succeeded in a full distance five match duel. Star of the show was Kim Kum Yong. In the opening match of the engagement she beat Miyuu Kihara in five games (9-11, 11-2, 12-10, 9-11, 14-12), befre in the concluding match of the engagement, overcoming Miyu Nagasaki in four games (11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 12-10). Notably in the second match of the fixture Miyu Nagasaki had beaten Pyon Song Gyong in a titanic contest that had seemingly turned the tide in favour of Japan (12-14, 16-14, 11-7, 8-11, 17-15).
The finals of all team events will be held on Wednesday 4th September.
Editor: Ian Marshall