2019 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open
Sunday 10th November
China dominant in Hungary
A total of 12 titles on offer at the 2019 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open in Szombathely, when five days of play concluded on Sunday 8th November, no less than 11 of those titles finished in Chinese hands.
Notably, the one errant title also went the continent of Asia; in the junior girls’ doubles event Chinese Taipei’s Chien Tung-Chuan and Yu Hsiu-Ting struck gold. At the final hurdle the duo accounted for China’s Li Yake and Wang Tianyi.
Runners up spot in the girls’ doubles event but later in the proceedings, lining up alongside Li Yuqi; Li Yake and Wang Tianyi extracted an air of revenge. They secured the junior girls’ team title recording a 3-1 against Chien Tung-Chuan and Yu Hsiu-Ting who joined forces with Lee Wan-Hsuan. Mainstay of the victory was Li Yake, she accounted for both Yu Hsiu-Ting (11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7) and Chien Tung-Chuan (11-4, 11-6, 11-8).
Very much together but in the junior girls’ singles they were very much apart; they faced each other in the final, the decision going in favour of Wang Tianyi in a full distance seven games contest (10-12, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6).
Two titles for Wang Tianyi but she was not the most successful player on duty. Quan Kaiyuan, Tao Yuchang and Leng Yutong each departed Szombathely with three titles each to their name.
Quan Kaiyuan partnered Liang Guodong to junior boys’ doubles success before securing the junior boys’ singles title and then one day later striking junior boys’ team gold.
In the junior boys’ doubles final the duo accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yan-Cheng and Tai Ming-Wei (11-13, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5), before the junior boys’ singles, the title was secured at the final expense of colleague Zeng Beixun (11-8, 1-11, 8-11, 4-11, 11-7, 13-11, 12-10).
Two titles gained, the third was registered on the fourth day of action in the junior boys’ team event; lining up alongside Liang Guodong and Zeng Beixun, not one individual match was surrendered at any stage of the tournament. In the final a convincing 3-0 win was recorded against the French trio comprising Alexis Kourachi, Alexis Lebrun and Fabio Rakotoarimanana.
Likewise, Tao Yuchang joined forces with Hu Dongshen, Yang Qulong and Zhang Minghao to win the cadet boys’ team event; at the final hurdle with Tao Yuchang and Hu Dongshen competing in the singles matches followed by Yang Qulong and Zhang Minghao forming the doubles combination, a 3-0 margin of victory was recorded against Romania’s Darius Movileanu and Iulian Chirita.
Team success on the concluding day of play it was success in the individual events. Partnering Zhang Minghao, the cadet boys’ doubles title was clinched at the hands of Korea Republic’s Lim Yunoh and Oh Junsung (8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-8), before Tao Yuchang overcame Hu Dongshen (11-4, 13-15, 16-18, 11-7, 11-6) to win the cadet boys’ singles title.
Three gold medals for Tao Yuchang, it was the same for Leng Yutong. After, alongside Qin Yuxuan and Sun Xiaomeng being the backbone of a 3-2 success in the cadet girls’ team final against Chinese Taipei, a contest in which she beat both Chu Yi-Ching (11-8, 11-5, 12-14, 11-9) and in the vital fifth and deciding match of the contest Tsai Yun-En (11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6), Leng Yutong maintained her form on the last day of action.
She partnered Qin Yuxuan to cadet girls’ doubles success, the duo overcoming the French pairing of Clea de Stoppeleire and Charlotte Lutz (11-4, 11-6, 11-8) in the final, prior to securing the cadet girls’ team title by prevailing in opposition to Sun Xiaomeng (11-7, 11-6, 11-8).
Play concluded in Szombathely, attention on the ITTF World Junior Circuit now focuses on Guimarães, the 2019 Portugal Junior and Cadet Open commences on Wednesday 13th November.