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China supreme on home soil

Sunday 16 June


Sunday 16th June


China supreme on home soil

The host nation concluded matters on a high note in Taicang on Sunday 16th June at the 2019 China Junior and Cadet Open; Quan Kaiyuan won the junior boys’ singles title, Yuan Yuan emerged successful in the counterpart junior girls’ singles competition. Additionally Chen Yaxuan and Chen Yi won the respective cadet boys’ singles and cadet girls’ singles titles.

At the final hurdle of the junior boys’ singles event, Quan Kaiyuan accounted for Japan’s Horoto Shinosuka (7-11, 9-11, 13-11, 12-10, 17-15, 11-5); Yuan Yuan overcame Wu Yangchen (11-6, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9) to secure the title.

Meanwhile, in the cadet girls’ singles event Chen Yi emerged the winner. She accounted for Japan’s Miwa Harimoto in the final, offering no presents on her adversaries 11th birthday; she succeeded in three straight games (11-8, 11-8, 11-7). A convincing success for Chen Yi, for Chen Yaxuan in the cadet boys’ singles final, life was much more exacting; in opposition to Korea Republic’s Gil Minseok, he required the full five games, securing victory by the minimal two point margin in the deciding game (11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 3-11, 12-10).

Gold for China in the junior and cadet age group categories; in the mini-cadet girls’ singles event it was the same but not in the counterpart mini cadet boys’ singles competition.

Zhang Jinglei won the min-cadet girls’ singles event beating Singapore’s Ser Lin Qian in the final (7-11, 11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9); in the counterpart mini-cadet boys’ singles competition, Korea Republic’s Oh Junsung prevented a Chinese clean sweep, in the final he overcame colleague, Lee Hoyun (8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 15-13).

The success came after earlier in the week the trio formed by Gao Yang, Quan Kaiyuan and Zeng Beixun won the junior boys’ team title recording a 3-1 in opposition to Frenchmen Lilian Bardet and Dorian Zheng in final; the win being recorded at the same time as Wu Yangchen and Yuan Yuan posted a 3-1 win in opposition to Sakura Yokoi and Kaho Akae to secure the junior girls’ team title.

Similarly Chen Yuanyu, Chen Yaxuan and Shen Feng combined to win the cadet boys’ team title recording a 3-0 final victory in opposition to Singapore’s Koh Junhao and Isaac Quek Yong. Impressive performances, it was the same in the cadet girls’ team event. Chen Yi and Leng Yutong proved themselves in a class of their own; at the final hurdle, they secured a 3-0 win against Japan’s Miwa Harimoto and Rin Mende.

Proceedings concluded in Taicang, the next tournament on the ITTF World Junior Circuit is the 2019 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open; play commences on Wednesday 7th August.


By Ian Marshall, Editor

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