Team finals -2017 ITTF World Junior Championships
2017 ITTF World Junior Championships
Wednesday 29th November
China regains title in Riva del Garda
The second seeds but the clear favourites for the title, China won the Girls’ Team title at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Riva del Garda; at the final hurdle they overcame Japan, the top seeds and defending champions, to regain the crown last donned two years ago in the French town of La Roche sur Yon.
Sun Yingsha, Wang Manyu and Shi Xinyao prevailed in the situation in the southern Italian Alps but the player to attract the attention was Japan’s 15 year old Miyu Nagasaki.
After Sun Yingsha had beaten Miyu Kato, the young lady with a variety of innovative services (11-4, 11-13, 11-6, 11-9) and Wang Manyu had proved too safe and secure for Miyuu Kihara (11-9, 11-2, 8-11, 11-5); the quick-fire attacking skills of Miyu Nagasaki caused the one upset of the evening.
Listed at no.5 on the ITTF World Junior Circuit Standings and destined for an invitation to the Finals to be staged next February in Luxembourg but as yet without an ITTF World Junior Circuit Girls’ Singles title to her credit, she overcame Shi Xunyao (11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6).
Shi Xunyao may not hold the current sporting status of Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu who have won ITTF World Tour titles this year but let us not forget she is the reigning World Junior champion.
“It’s my first World Junior Championships; there’s a sense of relief after winning the title. Especially since I was the first to play, I did feel a little nervous; luckily I was well prepared and quick on my feet today. I think my performance was better when compared to previous matches. I had not played against Miyu Kato before. I have only watched some of her past match footages and seen how she serves, so I was prepared, but playing against her is still different from my expectations. She plays more powerfully than I expected and with a lot of spin.” Sun Yingsha
“I think the main issue is still because I’m not well prepared. Nagasaki performed better today and I wasn’t moving around enough on court.” Shi Xunyao
“The title is back to its original owner; we have reclaimed the crown. Japan did gave us a lot of difficulties today’s match. After Shi Xunyao lost the third match, I had to quickly adjust myself to prepare for the next match and not be affected by her defeat. Regardless what the final score is, it feels good to have the final victory.” Wang Manyu
It is the 13th time in what is now 15 editions of the tournament that China has won the Girls’ Team title; the only times they have not succeeded were in 2010 in Bratislava and last year in Cape Town
Tried and trusted trio, China supreme
The selection from start to finish and no change to the playing order, China won the Boys’ Team title at the 2017 ITTF World Junior Championships in Riva del Garda on the evening of Wednesday 29th November.
Once again, Niu Guankai was resigned to the bench; Xue Fei was sent out first followed by Wang Chuqin and Xu Haidong at the final hurdle against the Japanese trio comprising Yuto Kizuluri, Yuta Tanaka and Masaki Takami.
A three-nil victory margin was the end result, the score-line that had been recorded in every previous encounter.
Xu Fei gave his team the ideal start by beating Yuto Kizukuri in four games (9-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-9); attacking quickly, directing effort toward the backhand of his adversary, Yuto Kizukuri gained a degree of success but once Xu Fei found a rhythm to his play, he was in full flow.
“Playing the first match for my team, the first game was difficult, but I was able to adjust myself well for the following three games.” Xue Fei
Similarly, Yuta Tanaka caused Wang Chuqin cause for thought but once the storm was weathered he seized control.
“We are very happy to win the title back, it’s like a mission completed for us. We came with the goal to win, especially for Xue Fei and myself, I don’t think I performed well in the final, but Xue Fei played well to give our team a good start in the match.” Wang Chuqin
Four games wins; focused Xu Haidong concluded matters, his top spin pen-hold grip style of play proving too much for Masaki Takami.
“I came into the match well prepared mentally and tactically, overall I’m happy with my performance in the final. I had expected the different difficulties that I could be facing in the match, and placed myself in the position of a challenger to fight my best.”
It is the 13th time that China has won the Boys’ Team title at the World Junior Championships, the only time they have fallen short was last year in Cape Town and in 2005 in the Austrian city of Linz.