2019 ITTF World Junior Circuit - Oman
Monday 28th October
Nine out of ten for Chinese Taipei
Outstanding Tai Ming-Wei and Cai Fong-En won the respective junior boys’ singles and junior girls’ singles titles at the 2019 Oman Junior and Cadet Open in Muscat on Monday 28th October; thus completing a most successful visit for Chinese Taipei to the Sultanate located on the Arabian Peninsula.
On the concluding day of play they secured all six titles on offer, overall it was nine out of ten; only the cadet girls’ team event won by India’s Kavya Sree Baskar and Nilishma Sarkar, on the second day of action proved elusive.
Success for Tai Ming-Wei meant he collected his third career ITTF World Junior Circuit boys’ singles title and avenged a defeat of earlier in the year.
In 2018 he won in El Salvador, earlier this year on home soil in Taipei City; however in May in Australia he had to settle for runners up spot. At the final hurdle he was beaten by colleague Huang Yu-Jen. In Muscat Tai Ming-Wei reversed that decision; after in the later rounds beating India’s Preyesh Suresh Raj (7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9) and Iran’s Mohammad Mousavi Taher (11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5), he accounted for Huang Yu-Jen to secure the title (11-9, 11-9, 11-5, 11-8).
A splendid performance by Tai Ming-Wei; notably Huang Yu-Jen was a player in form; at the semi-final stage he had ousted Iran’s Amin Ahmadian, the top seed (5-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-5).
Similarly in the junior girls’ singles event it was an all Chinese Taipei final; like Tai Ming-Wei, the no.2 seed, Cai Fong-En accounted for Hsu Yi-Chen (11-6, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4) to reserve the top step of the podium, having ended the hopes of Kavya Sree Baskar in the quarter-finals (12-10, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6) and colleague Chen Pu-Syuan (14-12, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9) one round later.
Notably in the adjacent half of the draw, in the penultimate round, Hsu Yi-Chen had beaten India’s Swastika Ghosh, the top seed (11-5, 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7).
Imposing performances, it was the same from Chen Yen-Ting and Chen Pu-Syuan in the cadet events, both overcoming Russian opponents in the final. Chen Yen-Ting won the boys’ singles title beating Sergey Ryzhov (13-11, 11-5, 11-7); in the cadet girls’ singles title decider Cheng Pu-Syuan overcame Sofia Kniazeva (13-11, 11-3, 11-4).
Chinese Taipei in control, it was no different in the hopes category; Hsu Hsien-Chia beat Qatar’s Rawad Al-Naser to win the boys’ singles title (11-9, 11-7, 11-13, 11-3), Yeh Yi-Tan accounted for colleague Liu Zi-Fei in the closest final of the day (11-9, 7-11, 8-11, 11-4, 12-10) to emerge the girls’ singles champion.
Play concluded in Muscat, attention on the ITTF World Junior Circuit now turns to Nitra; the Slovak Junior and Cadet Open commences on Wednesday 30th October.