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CBS CGS Finals and SemiFinals-Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open

Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open

Aug. 6th

One step higher, top prize for Tiago Li

The runner up in Italy when beaten at the final hurdle by Hungary’s Bence Csaba, it was one step higher for Portugal’s Tiago Li on Sunday 6th August at the Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open.

One of the most familiar faces on this year’s ITTF World Junior Circuit, having competed in the Czech Republic, France, Spain and Poland, as well as in Italy; the 15 year old won the Cadet Boys’ Singles title.

Success over surprise semi-finalist, the host association’s Pau Yik Man (12-10, 6-11, 12-10, 11-9); in the final Tiago Li, the no.3 seed accounted for Nikhil Kumar of the United States, the no.5 seed, (12-10, 11-8, 11-8) to arrest the title.

In the counterpart semi-final, in a similar manner to that of Tiago Li, Nikhil Kumar had ended Hong Kong hopes; he accounted for Lau Chun Kit, the no.5 seed (11-7, 11-8, 11-6).

Gold for Portugal in the Cadet Boys’ Singles event; in the counterpart Cadet Boys’ Doubles competition, it was the top step of the podium for Singapore.

Baldwin Chan Ho Wah and Chan Yee Shun, the no.6 seeds, emerged successful, causing upsets at both the semi-final and final stages, as rivals from Hong Kong were put the sword. In the penultimate round they beat Maurice Chong Kai Ning and Yiu Kwan To, the top seeds in five games duel (11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 2-11, 11-3), before overcoming Lau Chun Kit and Wong Hon Lam, the no.2 seeds in straight games (11-6, 12-10, 11-9) to claim the top prize.

Victory in the final for Baldwin Chan Ho Wah and Chan Yee Shun, it was to some extent revenge. In the corresponding penultimate round duel, Lau Chun Kit and Wong Hon Lam had beaten Pang Yew En Koen and Andy Wong Yan Kai in a closely contested full distance contest (7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8).

Belated birthday present for Haruna Ojio

Beaten earlier in the week in partnership with Fuwa Yumoto at the quarter-final stage of the Cadet Girls’ Team event, when experiencing a three matches to nil defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Cai Fong-En and Huang Yu-Jie; Japan’s Haruna Ojio enjoyed success beyond expectations on the concluding day of play, Sunday 6th August, at the Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open.

No current world ranking, very much making her first steps on the international scene, three days after celebrating her 12th birthday, she won the Cadet Girls’ Singles title.

One of three Cadet Girls’ Singles semi-finalists with no world ranking, in the penultimate round, Haruna Ojio overcame the one player with such a status. She beat Hong Kong’s Poon Yat, the no.9 seed, in four games (11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6).

Success against one player from the host association, in the final it was success against another; she beat Yenn Ho Ching in three straight games to secure the top prize (11-2, 11-7, 11-7). In the counterpart semi-final, Yenn Ho Ching had accounted for colleague, Lee Chung Yan (11-8, 12-10, 9-11, 12-10).

The top step of the podium for Japan in the Cadet Girls’ Singles event, it was the same in the Cadet Girls’ Doubles competition but the success was hard earned.

Satsuki Odo and Yukari Sugasawa, the no.3 seeds, eventually emerged successful but only by the minimal margin, At the final hurdle they overcame Joanna Sung and Rachel Sung from the United States, the no.6 seeds, in tension packed five games contest (13-15, 11-6, 11-3, 11-13, 14-12).

Earlier in the day at the semi-final stage, Satsuki Odo and Yukari Sugasawa had beaten Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Yee and Ng Wing Lam, the top seeds (12-10, 11-7, 13-11); Joanna Sung and Rachel Sung had overcome Chinese Taipei’s Cai Fong-En and Huang Yu-Jie, the no.2 seeds (11-9, 4-11, 11-7, 11-9).

 

Saturday 5th August

 

Surprise name, Pak Yik Man reaches last four

First place in the group one day earlier when, against expectations, finishing ahead of Singapore’s Andy Wong Yan Kaoi, the no.11 seed, the host’s Pau Yik Man continued to upset the odds one day later, Saturday 5th August, in the Cadet Boys’ Singles event at the Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open.

No current world ranking, making his first steps in international waters, the 14 year old reserved his place in the penultimate round.

After recording wins against Thailand’s Nawin Mekamporn (11-5, 14-12, 11-7) and Chinese Taipei’s Tsai Kai-Jen (12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-6); Pau Yik Man caused a major quarter-final upset by overcoming colleague, Maurice Chong Kai Ning, the top seed (11-8, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9).

A surprise semi-finalist and he was not alone; Nikhil Kumar of the United States, the no.5 seed, after beating Hong Kong’s Yiu Kwan To, accounted for Singapore’s Pang Yew En Koen, the no.2 seed (11-5, 11-5, 7-11, 11-6) to clinch a semi-final berth.

Defeats for the top two seeds but not for the next two names in the order of merit; Portugal’s Tiago Li, the no.3 seed and Hong Kong’s Lau Chun Kit, the no.4 seed, duly reserved their place the last four.

Tiago Li accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Tsai Kai-Cheng (11-7, 11-3, 11-8) and Hong Kong’s Choy Chun Kit (5-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-2) to book his place in the penultimate round; Lau Chun Kit recorded a second round win over Singapore’s Andy Wong Yan Kai, before securing a quarter-final success in opposition to Michael Tran of the United States, the no.6 seed (11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8).

At the semi-final stage, Pau Yik Man meets Tiago Li; Lau Chun Kit opposes Nikhil Kumar.

One surprise Cadet Boys’ Singles semi-finalist; it is the same situation in the Cadet Boys’ Doubles competition. Singapore’s Baldwin Chan Ho Wah and Chan Yee Shun, the no.6 seeds, emerged as the surprise pairing to reach the round of the last four. At the quarter-final stage they ousted Nikhil Kumar and Michael Tran, the no.6 seeds (11-2, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7).

In the penultimate round Baldwin Chan Ho Wah and Chan Yee Shun meet Hong Kong’s Maurice Chong Kai Ning and Yiu Kwan To; in the opposite half of the draw Lau Chun Kit and Wong Hon Lam, the no.2 seeds, confront Singapore’s Pang Yew En Koen and Andy Wong Yan Kai, the no.4 seeds.

Proceedings in Hong Kong conclude on Sunday 6th August.

Hong Kong prominent but not as expected

Surprises abounded as play progressed towards the semi-final stage of the Cadet Girls’ Singles event at the Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open on Saturday 5th August.

Only one of the seeded players remained; for the hosts, Poon Yat, the no.9 seed, shouldered responsibility, for colleagues Lee Ka Yee and Ng Wing Lam who two days earlier had been crowned Cadet Girls’ Team champions, it was a quarter-final exit.

After accounting for compatriot Jim Lok Lam, Lee Ka Yee, the top seed, experienced a quarter-final defeat at the hands of Japan’s Haruna Ojio (5-11, 11-3, 17-15, 5-11, 11-7).

Likewise, Ng Wing Nam, the no.3 seed, bid farewell in the round of the last eight; success against Angie Tan of the United States (11-7, 11-3, 11-2) but one round later, Poon Yat, the second round winner against Chinese Taipei’s Cai Fong-En(4-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-7), halted progress. She overcame Ng Wing Lam in three straight games (11-6, 11-9, 11-7).

Surprise semi-finalists in the top half of the draw; it was the very same in the lower half; no current world ranking, Yenn Ho Ching and Lee Chung Yan, both from Hong Kong, upset the order of merit.

At the quarter-final stage Lee Chung Yan accounted for colleague, Chau Wing Sze, the no.2 seed (11-9, 11-4, 11-6), Yenn Ho Ching ended the hopes of Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yu-Ji, the no.4 seed, in a closely contested five games encounter (11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9).

Unexpected Cadet Girls’ Singles semi-finalists; in the counterpart Cadet Girls’ Doubles event, there was just one surprise partnership to reach the round of the last four pairs.

Joanna Sung and Rachel Sung from, the United States, the no,6 seeds, caused a quarter-final upset by beating Hong Kong’s Chelsea Chan Shiu Lam and Chau Wing Sze, the no.4 seeds by the very narrowest of five games margins (12-10, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9).

The Americans now meet Chinese Taipei’s Cai Fong-En and Huang Yu-Jie, the no.2 seeds, in the penultimate round; in the opposite half of the draw, Lee Ka Yee and Ng Wing Lam, the top seeds, confront colleagues Luk Sze Yu and Man Dick Kwan.

Play in the Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open concludes on Sunday 6th August.