Day 5- 23rd Korean Air Asian Junior and Cadet Championships 2017
Asian Junior and Cadet Championships
Monday 3rd July
Nationalities known, names not decided
China versus Japan will comprise the final of the Junior Boys’ Singles event at the Korean Air 23rd Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Asan; the names of the players not yet been known following the quarter-final stage of proceedings on Monday 3rd July.
In the top half of the draw an all Japanese semi-final beckons with Yuto Kizukuri facing Shunsuke Togami; in the lower half of the draw it is a Chinese duel, Wang Chuqin meets Xu Yingbin.
Yuto Kizukuri and Wang Chuqin reserved their places in the penultimate round as status suggested; they are the respective top two seeds.
At the quarter-final stage, both accounted for adversaries from Chinese Taipei. Yuto Kizukuri beat Feng Yi-Hsin, the no.10 seed (11-8, 11-9, 11-5); Wang Chuqin ousted Lin Yun-Ju, the no.7 seed (11-7, 11-8, 1-11, 6-11, 11-3). Notably Feng Yi-Hsin was very much a player in form, one round earlier, he had beaten Korea’s Cho Daeseong, the no.5 seed (11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7).
Semi-final places as expected; it was somewhat different for Shunsuke Togami and Xu Yingbin. Shunsuke Togami commenced play as the no.8 seed, Xu Yingbin as the no.11 seed.
In the round of the last eight, Shunsuke Togami accounted for China’s Yu Heyi, the no.4 seed, in a full distance encounter decided by the minimal two point margin in the deciding game (6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9); Xu Yingbin, who in the opening round had accounted for Japan’s Yukiya Uda, the no.6 seed (11-7, 11-4, 11-9), ended the progress of Korea’s An Jaehyun, the no.3 seed (11-5, 11-8, 13-11).
Defeat for Korea but in the Junior Boys’ Doubles event, the door is still open.
At the semi-final stage An Jaehyun and Hwang Minha meet Shunsuke Togami and Yukiya Uda; in the opposite half of the draw Xu Yingbin and Yu Heyi face Lin Yun-Ju and Li Hsin-Yang.
Meanwhile, in the Junior Mixed Doubles event, the title is destined for China. Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha meet Xue Fei and Qian Tianyi.
Play concludes in Asan on Tuesday 4th July.
Penultimate round places booked in impressive manner
Winners of the Junior Girls’ Team title two days earlier in a most emphatic manner, the Chinese quartet comprising Shi Xunyao, Qian Tianyi, Sun Yingsha and Liu Weishan imposed their authority on proceedings in the ensuing Junior Girls’ Singles event at the Korean Air 23rd Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Asan.
At the close of play on Monday 3rd July, all four had reserved semi-final places.
In the round of the last eight, Shi Xunyao, the top seed, beat Japan’s Yuka Minagawa, the no.8 seed (11-9, 11-4, 11-4), whilst in a similar impressive fashion, Liu Weishan, the no.7 seed, accounted for Asuka Sasao, the no.2 seed and also from Japan (11-6, 16-14, 11-5).
Likewise, not be upstaged by their colleague, currently players with no world ranking and thus not seeded, Qian Tianyi and Sun Yingsha recorded equally impressive results. Qian Tianyi caused Japan more pain by overcoming 12 year old Miyuu Kihara, the no.4 seed (11-6, 11-6, 12-10); Sun Yingsha ended the hopes Kim Jiho, the no.5 seed (11-4, 11-2, 11-5).
The result was somewhat déjà vu for the Korean, last September Kim Jiho had departed in the same round losing to Qian Tianyi, the eventual winner (11-8, 10-12, 11-4, 11-4, 11-6). Could that be a good omen for Sun Yingsha?
At the semi-final stage Shi Xunyao meets Qian Tianyi, Sun Yingsha opposes Liu Weishan.
Semi-final places for China in the Junior Girls’ Singles event; it is the same in the Junior Girls’ Doubles competition, where once again authority has been asserted.
In the penultimate round Shi Xunyao and Liu Weishan meet Japan’s Miyuu Kihara and Yuka Minagawa; Sun Yingsha and Qian Tianyi oppose Korea’s Kim Jiho and Kang Dayeon.
Play in the Korean Air 23rd Asian Junior and Cadet Championships concludes on Tuesday 4th July.
Titles for Niu Guankai and Yumeno Soma
Defending champion, China’s Niu Guankai retained his Cadet Boys’ Singles title at the Korean Air 23rd Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Asan on Monday 2nd July.
Meanwhile, in the counterpart Cadet Girls’ Singles event, it was success for Japan’s Yumeno Soma.
Absent from international play since beating Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto in the final in Bangkok last September, Niu Guankai returned to duty at the recent 2017 China Junior and Cadet Open in Taicang; a tournament in which he won the Cadet Boys’ Singles title, whilst reaching the quarter-final stage of the Junior Boys’ Singles competition.
At the final hurdle, as some two weeks ago, he beat compatriot Song Zhuoheng, the no.5 seed. In Taicang he won in three straight games (11-3, 11-5, 11-6); in Asan he did just the same (11-4, 11-4, 11-5).
Not seeded, in the latter stages Niu Guankai had accounted for Japan’s Kakeru Sone, the no.2 seed (11-7, 11-4, 12-10) at the quarter-final stage, before in the penultimate round accounting for compatriot, Yu Zhengyang, likewise not seeded (11-3, 13-11, 11-5).
In the adjacent half of the draw, Song Zhuoheng had accounted for Japan’s Jo Yokotani, the no.3 seed, in the round of the last eight (9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7), prior to overcoming Chinese Taipei’s Feng Yi-Hsin, the top seed, in the penultimate round, by the very narrowest of margins (8-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 12-10).
Success for China and perhaps that was anticipated in the Cadet Girls’ Singles competition; earlier in the proceedings, China had won the Cadet Girls’ Team event. Conversely, Japan had experienced a semi-final defeat at the hands of Korea; a match in which Yumeno Soma was beaten by Shin Yubin.
The past was laid to rest; the no.4 seed, Yumeno Soma withstood the Chinese challenge. At the final hurdle she overcame Huangqi, the no.2 seed (11-9, 12-10, 11-5), having the previous round, beaten Wang Tanyi (11-7, 11-5, 11-3), the player who one day earlier had accounted for Shin Yubin, the top seed (11-1, 11-5, 13-11).
Impressive performances but Yumeno Soma almost departed proceedings at the quarter-final stage; she was stretched to the very limit by Korea’s Ryu Hanna, the no.8 seed, in one of the most dramatic contests of the whole tournament (7-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-8, 17-15).
In the opposite half of the draw, in the latter stages, Huang Yingqi had beaten Japan’s Satsuki Odo, the no.5 seed (10-12, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9) and colleague Kuai Man (11-9, 10-12, 12-10, 11-7) to reach the final.
Play in Asan concludes on Tuesday 4th July.