2019 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open
Saturday 10th August
Last four decided, surprise names reserve podium places
Surprise outcomes were the order of the day on Saturday 10th August at the 2019 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open.
Notably in the junior girls’ singles event only one of the top four seeds secured a penultimate round place; that being Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsiu-Ting, the no.3 seed; she recorded a quarter-final success in opposition to Germany’s Anastasia Bondareva (11-3, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-4).
Conversely, for Japan’s Sakura Yokoi, the top seed, it was a second round defeat in opposition to Hong Kong’s Chau Wing Sze (10-12, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5). She duly progressed to reserve her place in the last four by ousting Korea Republic’s Yu Arin (11-9, 12-10, 4-11, 11-8, 13-15, 7-11, 11-3).
In the round of the last four, Chau Wing Sze meets Korea Republic’s Choi Haeeun, the quarter-final winner in opposition to the host’s Lee Ka Yee, the no.4 seed (8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8); in the adjacent half of the draw, Yu Hsiu-Ting meets Haruna Ojio, also from Japan. In quarter-final round, Haruna Ojio ended the progress of colleague Kaho Akae, the no.2 seed (11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6).
Surprise names, it was the same in the counterpart junior boys’ singles event, Korea Republic’s Woo Hyeonggyu and Chinese Taipei's Huang Yan-Cheng being the players to attract the attention. Woo Hyeonggyu beat Hong Kong’s Pau Yik Man, the no.7 seed (8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6) to reserve his semi-final place; Huang Yan-Cheng caused a major upset. He accounted for Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun, the no.2 seed (9-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6).
In the penultimate round Woo Hyeonggyu faces Singapore’s Pang Yew En Koen. He gained his semi-final place by ousting colleague Shi Zhi (11-7, 11-6, 12-14, 11-9, 3-11, 11-5); in the corresponding half of the draw, Huang Yan-Cheng confronts Iran’s Amin Ahmadian, the no.3 seed. At the quarter-final stage he defeated Josh Chua Shao Han, the no.5 seed and like Pang Yew En Koen from Singapore. Amin Ahmadian succeeded in six games (10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9).
Meanwhile the semi-final stage of the cadet boys’ singles event Izaac Quek Yong meets Chinese Taipei’s Chang Yu-An, in the penultimate round of the cadet girls’ singles competition Zhou Jingyi opposes Japan’s Miwa Harimoto. In the opposite half of the draw, in the former Japan’s Sora Matsushima plays Hong Kong’s Yu Kwan To; in the latter Korea Republic’s Kim Nayeong opposes India’s Yashaswini Ghorpade.
Semi-finalists known in the singles events, it is the same in the doubles.
In the junior boys’ doubles, Josh Chua Shao Han and Pang Yew En Koen play Woo Hyeonggyu and Korea Republic compatriot, Park Gyeongtae; Chinese Taipei’s Chang Yu-An and Huang Yan-Cheng face Amin Ahmadian and Yanapong Panagitgun. Chinese Taipei in evidence, in the junior girls’ doubles semi-finals their presence is even more marked. Chien Tung-Chuan and Yu Hsiu-Ting face Korea Republic’s Choi Haeeun and Hong Sunsu; Cai Fong-En and Chu Yi-Ching oppose Kaho Akae and Sakura Yoki.
Similarly, in the cadet boys’ doubles semi-finals, Chinese Taipei is prominent. Chuang Chia-Chuan and Kao Cheng-Jul oppose Hong Kong’s Baldwin Chan Ho Wah and Yiu Kwan To; Chang Yu-An allies with Jiang Kai of the United States, they oppose India’s Vishwa Deenadayalan and Payas Jain.
Chinese Taipei major candidates for honours, the situation applies also in the cadet girls’ singles competition. In the semi-final round Chu Yi-Ching and Tsai Yun-En face Miwa Harimoto and Haruna Ojio, in the opposite half of the draw it is India’s Anargya Majunath and Suhana Saini versus Singapore’s Chan Lu Wen and Zhou Jingyi.
Play in Hong Kong concludes on Sunday 11th August.
Editor: Ian Marshall
Photo Credit: HKTTA Photographer