Individual Events- 2018 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open
2018 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open
Sunday 5th August
One step higher for Xu Haidong and Shi Xunyao
Silver medallists one year ago, for China’s Xu Haidong and Shi Xunyao, it was one step higher on Sunday 5th August; they emerged the winners of the respective Junior Boys’ Singles and Junior Girls’ Singles events at the 2018 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open.
Both occupying the top seeded positions, after having overcoming colleague, Niu Guankai, the no.10 seed, in the penultimate round (11-7, 11-6, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6), Xu Haidong secured the title at the final expense of Liu Yebo, also from China (11-6, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7).
Thus Xu Haidong, who earlier had been a member of the successful outfit in the Junior Boys’ Team event, collected his second ITTF World Junior Circuit Boys’ Singles title of the year, previously he had won in Italy; for Liu Yebo, not seeded, it was a his second successive runners up finish. One month earlier on home soil in Taicang he had finished in the silver medal position.
A second title for Xu Haidong, for Shi Xunyao, the second seed, it was her fourth: previously she had won in the Czech Republic, Poland and in her native China. At the final hurdle, as in Poland, she accounted for colleague Qian Tianyi, the top seed (11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7); in the counterpart semi-final, Qian Tianyi had beaten Chinese Taipei’s Su Pei-Ling, the no.3 seed (11-5, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5).
Success for Shi Xunyao meant she completed a clean sweep of available titles. On the concluding day of action she partnered Qian Tianyi to Junior Girls’ Doubles gold, having earlier in the tournament with Zhang Binyue, added to the selection, secured the Junior Girls’ Team top prize.
Likewise, China’s Xiang Peng, the winner of the Cadet Boys’ Singles event and compatriot Chen Yi, the Cadet Girls’ Singles champion, left with a full house of titles in the age group.
On the concluding day of action Xiang Peng, crucial to China’s Cadet Boys’ Team gold, partnered Zeng Beixun to the Cadet Boys’ Doubles prize, prior to securing the Cadet Boys’ Singles top prize at the expense of Japan’s Hiroto Shinozuka (9-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-9).
In a similar manner Chen Yi, who had been the mainstay of the Cadet Girls’ Team success, secured the Cadet Girls’ Singles title at the expense of Japan’s Kaho Akae (11-6, 11-2, 11-8), having earlier in the day partnered Li Yuqi to Cadet Girls’ Doubles success.
Notably for Xiang Peng it was his third ITTF World Junior Circuit Cadet Boys’ Singles title of the year, for Chen Yi it was her fourth Cadet Girls’ Singles gold.
Success for China; just one title eluded their grasp, Japan’s Kazuki Hamada and Hiroto Shonozuka, the no.6 seeds, won the Junior Boys’ Team event; in the final they beat Hong Kong’s Maurice Chong Kai Ning and Shu Zi, the no.9 seeds (11-13, 11-5, 12-10, 9-11, 11-3).
Notably one round earlier, Maurice Chong Kai Ning and Shu Zi had ended Chinese hopes in a thrilling semi-final. They beat Niu Guankai and Xiang Peng, the no.4 seeds, by the very narrowest of decisions (14-12, 11-7, 9-11, 2-11, 14-12).
A total of 12 titles on offer, overall 11 finished in Chinese hands.