2019 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open
Wednesday 7th August
Leading junior outfits set example
Predicted to reserve first places in their respective groups; when play concluded on Wednesday 7th August at the 2019 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open, such was the scenario in the junior boys’ team and junior girls’ team events. In the cadet boys’ team and cadet girls’ team competitions, the outcome was rather different.
Singapore’s Shi Kexun, Josh Chua Shao Han, Lim Dao Yi and Pang Yew En Koen, the top seeds, secured first place in their junior boys’ team group. It was the same for the second seeded outfit formed by Iran’s Amin Ahmadian and Japan’s Tomoya Kimura who joined forces with Yanapong Panagitgun and Parapat Thanmathikom. Likewise, the Chinese Taipei formation of Tai Ming-Wei, Li Hsin-Yu and Huang Yan-Cheng ended the day in pole position.
Comfortable progress; it was very similar in the junior girls’ team competition. Japan’s top seeded Haruna Ojio, Kaho Akae and Sakura Yokoi claimed first place in style, likewise the second seeded Chinese Taipei trio formed by Chien Tung-Chuan, Yu Hsiu-Ting and Cai Fong-En advanced with a degree of comfort. However, for the third seeds, Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Yee, Chau Wing Sze and Fung Wai Chu, life was more testing on their journey to first place. They needed the full five matches to beat the Indian selection of Swastika Ghosh, Arusha Kutumbale and Manushree Patil.
Success for top seeded outfits; in the cadet boys’ team competition, Iran’s Navid Shams and Hong Kong’s Yu Nok, the top seeds, secured first place as did the second seeded pairing of Yiu Kwan To and Baldwin Chan Ho Wah, like Yu Nok from Hong Kong.
Impressive efforts, for the third seeds, the Indian outfit formed by Payas Jain, Vishwa Deenadayalan and Aadarsh Om Chhetri gained first place but it proved testing. A 3-2 result was the outcome in opposition to Singapore’s Izaac Quek Yong and Daniel Ng. Tense times, for the next on the list it was defeat. Japan’s Sora Matsushima and Tamito Watanabe suffered a 3-2 loss at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chia-Chuan and Ka Cheng-Jui.
Problems for the fourth seeds, in the cadet girls’ team event, it was the opposite; the top three seeds all experienced losses, the fourth seeds remained unbeaten.
Alas for the hosts, Chelsea Chan Shiu Lam and Yenn Ho Ching, the top seeds, suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Korea Republic’s Lee Yeohui and Kim Nayeong. Next in line the Indian combination formed by Anargya Manjunath, Suhana Saini and Yashini Deepak Ghorpade realized a 3-1 defeat in a reversal of fortunes Hong Kong; Kong Tsz Lam, Ma Yat Sum and Chow Ka Ching came to the show.
Disappointment for the top listed pair, for the third seeds, Chinese Taipei’s Tsai and Chu Yi-Ching, they suffered a 3-2 loss when confronting Japan’s Sachi Aoki and Miwa Harimoto. Mixed fortunes for Hong Kong; however, the scales balanced in their favour; Phoebe Hui Wai and Wong Hoi Ting, the fourth seeds, concluded the day in top spot in their group.
All team events conclude on Thursday 8th August.
Editor: Ian Marshall
Photo Credit: HKTTA Photographer