JBS JGS-Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open
Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open
Friday 4th August
Chinese trio sets standard, impressive performances continue
Dominant in the Junior Boys’ Team event one day earlier, the top step of the podium secured without any great moments of drama; one day later on Friday 4th August, the Chinese trio comprising Xu Haidong, Yang Shuo and Xu Yingbin proved equally impressive.
First place in their respective groups without the loss of a single game was secured; their progress to the main draw was never in doubt.
Xu Haidong, the top seed, finished ahead of the host’s Yeung Pui Lam and Chu Pak Chung; next in line to Yang Shuo, the no.3 seed, came Thailand’s Supakron Pankhaoyoy and Hong Kong’s Chui King Kiu.
Similarly, Hong Kong’s Lee Pak Ho concluded matters in second place behind Xu Yingbin, the no.4 seed, with third place finishing in the hands of Thailand’s Chetthanathip.
Three games to nil wins on each visit to the table; it was the same for Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju, the no.2 seed. He secured first place in the group ahead of Hong Kong’s Choi Cheuk Kwan and Uzbekistan’s Maksud Nurpulatov.
Success for the leading names, the only prominent player to experience an unexpected defeat being Japan’s Jo Yokotani; the no.8 seed, he was beaten by Hong Kong’s Cheung Yin To (14-12, 5-11, 15-13, 11-2). However, it was to prove his only defeat and thus second place and a passport to the main draw was secured.
Defeat for Jo Yokotani, for Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chun-Hsiang, the no.11 seed, it was top place in the group without defeat but there was a close call. He needed to recover from a two games to nil deficit to beat India’s Ishaan Higorani, only emerging successful by the very narrowest of margins (7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 14-12).
Meanwhile, in the remaining groups, the leading names secured first places; it was top spot for Chinese Taipei’s Feng Yi-Hsin and Lin Hsin-Yang, as it was for Japan’s Kakeru Sone and Kazuki Hamada alongside Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun.
The Junior Boys’ Singles event continues on Saturday 5th August, when matters will reach the semi-final round.
Japanese duo causes surprises but Chinese Taipei takes pride of place
Quarter-finalist just over one month ago at the Asian Junior and Cadet Championships when beaten by China’s Huang Yingqi; Japan’s Satsuki Odo alongside colleague Yukari Sugasawa and Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsiu-Ting emerged the players to cause the upsets in the initial phase of the Junior Girls’ Singles event at the Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open.
On Friday 4th August, all three remained unbeaten, all three duly topped their respective groups to secure main draw places; moreover all caused upsets
Pride of place went to Yu Hsiu-Ting, she caused the biggest upset by beating Thailand’s Jinnipa Sawettabut, the no.8 seed (12-10, 11-13, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10).
Soon after she was followed by Satsuki Odo who accounted for Chen Ting-Ting, the no.12 seed and also from Chinese Taipei (10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8), whilst earlier in the afternoon, Yukari Sugasawa had beaten Hong Kong’s Fung Wai Chu, the no.13 seed (12-10, 11-8, 11-5).
Defeats but there was consolation; there were no further heartaches of Jinnipa Sawettabut, Chen Ting-Ting or Fung Wai Chu, thus second place and a passport to the main draw was secured.
Players finishing in first and second places in each of the 13 groups advance to the main draw.
Three surprise first places but there were no more.
China’s Shi Xunyao, Qian Tianyi and Liu Weishan duly topped their groups, as did Japan’s Miyuu Kiharam Miyu Nagasaki, Kana Takeuchi and Yumeno Soma.
Likewise, there were first places as anticipated for the Chinese Taipei duo of Su Pei-Ling and Chen Ying-Chen, as there was for Hong Kong’s Wong Chin Yau.
The Junior Girls’ Singles event continues on Saturday 5th August, play progresses to the semi-final round.