2019 Asian Junior & Cadet Championships
Ulaanbaatar, Wednesday 4th September
Titles for China, respect for Chinese Taipei
A clean sweep, China completed a full house of team titles at the 2019 Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Ulaanbaator on Wednesday 4th September.
Impressive but the players to attract the attention were Chang Yu-An, Kao Cheng-Ju and Chuang Chia-Chuan on duty for Chinese Taipei, they came perilously close to causing a major cadet boys’ team upset.
They extended Chen Yuanyu and Huang Youzheng the full five match distance.
Chang Yu-An beat Huang Youzheng in the opening contest (11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8) to give Chinese Taipei the perfect start; Chen Yuanyu levelled matters. He accounted for Kao Cheng-Jui but he almost came to grief, he needed the full five games to secure victory only emerging successful by the minimal two point margin in the decider (9-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4, 12-10).
Matters level, Chuang Chia-Chuan and Kao Cheng-Jui restored the Chinese Taipei the lead; they overcame Chen Yuanyu and Huang Youzheng in five games (8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7). Advantage Chinese Taipei, playing his third consecutive match, Chen Yuanyu beat Chang Yu-An (11-9, 10-12, 12-10, 14-12), before in yet another five games encounter, Ka Chen-Jui ended matters by overcoming Huang Youzheng.
Otherwise, China proved a step ahead the field; not a single individual match was surrendered.
In the cadet girls’ team final, the combination of Chen Yi, Sun Xiaomeng and Xu Yi secured a 3-0 win against Korea Republic’s Kim Nayeong and Lee Yeonhui; by the same margin in the junior girls’ team title decider, Shi Xunyao, Kuai Man and Wu Yangchen overcame DPR Korea’s Kim Kum Yong, Pyon Song Gyong and Pak Su Gyong to seal the title.
Likewise, in the contest that brought the day to an end, in the boys’ team gold medal contest, Xu Yingbin, Xiang Peng and Liu Yeb showed no charity when opposing India’s Raegan Alburquerque, Manush Utpalbhai Shah and Anukram Jaim.
Play in the individual events begins on Thursday 5th September.
Editor: Ian Marshall
Photo Credit: Jonshin Nasanjargal