Team Events Summary-2018 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open
2018 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open
Thursday 2nd August
China’s future in safe hands
The world’s leading nation in the sport of table tennis; that is the present and it would appear to be the situation for the foreseeable future.
On Tuesday 2nd August, China secured a full house of titles at the 2018 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open.
Represented by Liu Yebo, Niu Guankai and Xi Haidong the Junior Boys’ Singles title was secured at the expense of the combination formed by Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yu-Jen who joined forces with Japan’s Takeru Kashiwa and Aoto Asazu. A three matches to one win being the outcome; the only reverse being the defeat of Niu Guankai by Aoto Asazu in the second match of the fixture (13-11, 6-11, 11-5, 14-12).
Notably, it was a second defeat for Niu Guankai, the previous day against Japan in the group stage he had lost to Hiroto Shinozuka (11-8, 11-3, 4-11, 11-9); for his colleagues the record was unblemished.
A perfect record, it was the same for all three members of the Chinese outfit in the Junior Girls’ Team event; Qian Tianyi, Shi Xunyao and Zhang Binyue recorded three-nil wins in every contest.
However, there were close calls; at the semi-final stage against Hong Kong ‘A’, Shi Xunyao had to recover from a two games to nil deficit to beat Lee Ka Yee (9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9). Similarly, in the final when facing Chinese Taipei, Zhang Binyue needed the full five games to overcome Wen Rue-Ling, like Shi Xunyao, emerging successful by the minimal two point margin in the deciding game (11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 12-10, 12-10).
Imposing performances; it was the same in both the Cadet Boys’ Team and Cadet Girls’ Team events.
Xiang Peng and Zeng Beixun combined to win the Cadet Boys’ Team title beating surprise finalists, Japan’s Ryoichi Yoshiyama and Sora Matsushima in the final by three matches to one. Neither 14 year old Ryoichi Yoshiyama nor 11 years of age Sora Matsushima possess a current world ranking, they started proceedings as the lowest rated outfit in the event.
Meanwhile, in the Cadet Girls’ Team event, there was no stopping Chen Yi and Li Yuqi; they secured the title, accounting for Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Po-Syuan and Tai Pei-Rung in the final. A three-nil victory margin was the end result.
China’s future is in safe hands.