JBS JGS Finals and Semi-Finals-Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open
Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open
Déjà vu, once again Yang Shuo, the champion
Semi-finalist at the Sun International 2016 World Junior Championships in Cape Town, South Africa, beaten by the champion elect, Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto; China’s Yang Shuo won his second career ITTF World Junior Circuit title on Sunday 6th August, when he emerged successful at the Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open.
Furthermore, for the 16 year old it was a case of déjà vu.
At the 2016 Taicang Junior and Cadet Open, he had beaten colleague, Xu Haidong in five games at the final hurdle (11-3, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8); in the title decider in the splendid setting of the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, he repeated the success, only this time the victory was just slightly more hard earned.
The no.3 seed he overcame Xu Haidong, the top seed, in six games (9-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9) to reserve the top step of the podium.
At the semi-final stage, Yang Shuo had beaten Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju, the no.2 seed, in a similarly closely contested duel (13-15, 11-7, 12-10, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6); in the counterpart penultimate round engagement, Xu Haidong had emerged successful in an even closer duel, when facing colleague Xu Yingbin, the no.4 seed. He needed the full seven games to ensure victory (4-11, 11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 15-13, 10-12, 11-5).
Success for Yang Shuo in the Junior Boys’ Singles event but earlier in the day it had been defeat in the Junior Boys’ Doubles final; partnering Xu Yingbin and occupying the top seeded place in the draw, the pair had suffered at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Lin Hsin-Yang and Lin Yun-Ju, the no.2 seeds (11-4, 10-12, 13-11, 11-6).
Earlier in the day, in the penultimate round, Xu Yingbin and Yang Shuo had beaten Japan’s Hiroto Shinozuka and Jo Yokotani, the no.5 seeds (11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9); Lin Hsin-Yang and Lin Yun-Ju had overcome the combination formed by Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun and Singapore’s Gerald Yu Zong Jun, the no.6 seeds (9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-2).
Play concluded in Hong Kong, ITTF World Junior Circuit attention now turns to the other side of the world, to Central America; the 2017 El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open commences on Wednesday 16th August.
Now the brightest colour for Liu Weishan
Bronze medallist on the ITTF World Junior Circuit on home soil in Taicang in 2016, earlier this year in the same city, the silver medallist, on both occasions losing to colleague, Qian Tianyi; on Sunday 6th August, at the Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open, it was gold for China’s Liu Weishan.
Impressively, the 18 year old won the Junior Girls’ Singles title, very much upholding the honour of China.
One day earlier, Chinese Taipei’s Chen Ting-Ting, the no.12 seed, had caused a major upset by beating Qian Tianyi, the no.2 seed (11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8).
The effect was that with Shi Xunyao, the reigning World Junior champion and top seed, being in the same half of the draw as Liu Weishan, the no.5 seed; a place in the final for China was guaranteed but it would be no all Chinese affair as had been anticipated.
A player from foreign shores awaited; the name was that of Japan’s Miyu Nagasaki, the no.4 seed. At the semi-final stage she accounted for Chen Ting-Ting in four straight games (11-3, 12-10, 11-6, 11-3) but found Liu Weishan in imposing form.
Successful against Shi Xunyao in four straight games (13-11, 11-1, 11-5, 11-9); Liu Weishan retained her form in the final. She overcame Miyu Nagasaki in five games (7-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-4, 11-4) to reserve the top step of the medal podium.
Defeat for Japan in the Junior Girls’ Singles final but not in the Junior Girls’ Doubles title deciding contest, where Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki somewhat upset the odds. The no.2 seeds, at the final hurdle, they beat Qian Tianyi and Shi Xunyao, the top seeds (11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7).
Earlier in the day, at the semi-final stage, Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki had beaten Chinese Taipei’s, Chen Ting-Ting and Su Pei-Ling, the no.4 seeds (11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 12-10); Qian Tianyi and Shi Xunyao had overcome Japan’s Yumeno Soma and Kana Takeuchi (11-7, 11-5, 11-5).
Saturday 5th August
Principal boys, centre stage
According to status, the top four names in the Junior Boys’ Singles event at the Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open all reserved semi-final places following success on Saturday 5th August.
China’s Xu Haidong, Xu Yingbin and Yang Shuo all progressed to the round of the last four, as did Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju.
No member of the quartet required a deciding game in order to ensure success; however, for Xu Haidong and Xu Yingbin there were moments for thought.
After accounting for Chinese Taipei’s Lin Kun-Chung (11-4, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7); Xu Haidong, the top seed, needed six games to overcome Lin Hsin-Yang, the no.7 seed and also from Chinese Taipei (11-7, 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 10-12, 11-7).
Similarly, for Xu Yingbin, the no.4 seed, it was a comfortable second round win followed by a more exacting quarter-final contest. He caused Chinese Taipei more heartache by beating Chen Chun-Hsiang (11-4, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7), prior to overcoming Japan’s Kakeru Sone, the no.6 seed, in six games duel (5-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-2, 11-6, 11-7).
Meanwhile, for Lin Yun-Ju, the no.2 seed and Yang Shuo, the no.3 seed, there were no moments of charity.
Lin Yun-Ju beat Japan’s Kazuki Hamada (11-8, 11-8, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9) before accounting for Australia’s Rohan Dhooria, the no.17 seed (11-5, 11-2, 11-3, 11-6); Yang Shuo booked his semi-final place courtesy of success against Chinese Taipei’s Feng Yi-Hsin (11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9). One round earlier, Yang Shuo had overcome Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun, the no.9 seed (16-14, 11-8, 11-9, 11-5).
In the semi-final round, Xu Haidong meets Xu Yingbin, Yang Shuo opposes Lin Yun-Ju.
No surprises as play progressed to the penultimate stage of the Junior Boys’ Singles event; that was not the situation in the Junior Boys’ Doubles competition.
Xu Yingbin and Yang Shuo, the top seeds, progressed as did Li Hsin-Yang and Lin Yun-Jun, the no.2 seeds but for Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chun-Hsiang and Feng Yi-Hsin, the no.3 seeds, alongside Japan’s Kazuki Hamada and Kakeru Sone, the no.4 seeds, there was defeat.
At the quarter-final stage Chen Chun-Hsiang and Feng Yi-Hsin suffered against Japan’s Hiroto Shinozuka and Jo Yokotani, the no.5 seeds (8-11, 11-7, 15-13, 11-8); Kazuki Hamada and Kakeru Sone experienced defeat at the hands of Yanapong Panagitgun who joined forces with Singapore’s Gerald Yu Zong Jun (11-9, 11-9, 11-8).
Success for Yanapong Panagitgun and Gerald Yu Zong Jun; at the semi-final stage they meet Li Hsin-Yang and Lin Yun-Jun; Xu Yingbin and Yang Shuo oppose Hiroto Shinozuka and Jo Yokotani.
Play concludes in Hong Kong on Sunday 6th August.
Saturday 5th August
Shock exit for second seed, Chen Ting-Ting causes major upset
Winner earlier in the year on home soil in Taicang; China’s Qian Tianyi suffered a shock quarter-final Junior Girls’ Singles exit at the Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open on the evening of Saturday 5th August.
She was beaten by Chinese Taipei’s Chen Ting-Ting, a player who impressed with her high level of technical skills and supreme balance when a cadet; now in the splendid setting of the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, the 16 year old shone brightly in the higher age group.
The no.12 seed, a first round win over Hong Kong’s Wong Chin Yau (11-9, 11-9, 4-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7), Chen Ting-Ting embarked on her path of destruction.
In the second round of proceedings, she caused a surprise by overcoming Japan’s Kana Takeuchi, the no.6 seed (13-11, 11-7, 17-15, 11-6), before causing the biggest upset of the day when beating Qian Tianyi, the no.2 seed (11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-5). One round earlier, Qian Tianyi had accounted for Japan’s Yumeno Soma (11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-5).
Defeat for Qian Tianyi in the round of the last eight but not for her colleagues, Shi Xunyao, the top seed, nor for Liu Weishan, the no.5 seed.
Both beat players in form to book their last four places. Shi Xunyao accounted for Japan’s Satsuki Odo, the no.14 seed (11-5, 11-7, 11-5, 11-13) and second round winner in opposition to the host’s Su Pei-Ling, the no.7 seed (11-7, 11-9, 3-11, 7-11, 10-12, 12-10, 12-10); Liu Weishan overcame Thailand’s Jinnipa Sawettabut, the no.8 seed (11-8, 11-9, 11-7, 11-2). Notably one round earlier, Jinnipa Sawettabut had beaten Japan’s Miyuu Kihara, the no.3 seed (9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9).
Disappointment for Japan but there was success. Miyu Nagasaki, the no.4 seed, after overcoming Hong Kong’s Leung Ka Wan (11-4, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7) reserved her place in the penultimate round courtesy of success against Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsiu-Ting (11-4, 11-9, 13-11, 11-1).
At the semi-final stage Shi Xunyao meets Liu Weishan; Miyu Nagasaki opposes Chen Ting-Ting.
Surprises, not in the Junior Girls’ Doubles event where the top four seeded pairs all booked penultimate round places.
In the round of the last four pairs, Qian Tianyi and Shi Xinyao, the top seeds, meet Yomeno Soma and Kana Takeuchi, the no.3 seeds; Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki oppose Chen Ting-Ting and Su Pei-Ling.
Play concludes in Hong Kong on Sunday 6th August.