2018 ITTF World Junior Circuit Cadet Boys and Girls Team Champions – Czech Republic
2018 ITTF World Junior Circuit – Czech Republic
Saturday 17th February
Kuang Li and Zeng Beixun secure top prize
Players with no current world ranking but in the Cadet Boys’ Team event that fact counted for nought as China emerged successful on the evening of Saturday 17th February at the 2018 Czech Junior and Cadet Open in Hodonin.
Kuang Li and Zeng Beixun formed the successful partnership; they were never extended the full five match distance but the journey to the title did have moments of concern for the champions elect.
Safely through the group phase of proceedings with the loss of a single individual match, the opening contest in the main draw did not start as planned; Zheng Beixun was beaten by Adrien Rassenfosse (11-9, 9-11, 11-4, 5-11, 14-12) in the fixture against Belgium.
However that was to prove the only Belgian success; Kuang Li beat both Nicolas Degros (11-2, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5) and Adrien Rassenfosse (11-5, 11-5, 11-4) whilst sandwiched in between teaming with Zheng Beixun to secure the doubles (11-13, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-5).
A three-one quarter-final win, it was the same in the final against the French pairing of Myshaal Sabhi and Fabio Rakotoarimanana, after a three-one win had been posted in the penultimate round in opposition to Poland’s Maciej Kubik and Szymon Kolasa.
Once again Kuang Li proved the mainstay of victory. He accounted for Fabio Rakotoarimanana (11-7, 11-9, 11-4) in the second match of the fixture and Myshaal Sabhi (11-2, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9), after having partnered Zheng Beixun to doubles success (11-8, 11-6, 11-9). The one win for France was recorded in the opening match of the engagement when Myshaal Sabhi overcame Zheng Beixun (8-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-7).
Impressive from China, in the opposite half of the draw en route to the final, it had been equally impressive from Myshaal Sabhi and Fabio Rakotoarimanana. At the quarter-final stage they posted a three-nil win against Romania’s Andrei Tomica and Darius Movileanu, before recording a three-one semi-final success against India.
The player to cause the French problems was Payas Jain; in the second match of the engagement he beat Fabio Rakotoarimanana (11-6, 11-9, 11-6). However wins for Myshaal Sabhi against Deepi Patil (11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 12-14, 11-6) and in opposition to Payas Jain (8-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9) plus a doubles success in opposition to Payas Jain and Dev Shroff (11-3, 12-10, 13-11) secured a place in the final.
Perfection, Chen Yi, Yang Yiyun and Zhang Xiaoyu, a class apart
A series of unblemished performances; imperious China emerged successful in Cadet Girls’ Team event at the 2018 Czech Junior and Cadet Open in Hodonin on Saturday 17th February.
Players with no current world ranking entered the arena; the names read Chen Yi, Yang Yiyun and Zhang Xiaoyu.
Three matches to nil wins in each contest in the first stage qualification group, for Chen Yi, Yang Yiyun and Zhang Xiaoyu, it was exactly the same in the main draw as Chen Yi and Yang Yiyuan competed in the singles matches Zhang Xiaoyu joining Chen Yi for the doubles.
They accounted for the Belarus duo of Ulyana Alkhouskaya and Yuliya Zaleskaya in an impressive manner prior to repeating the performance by overcoming Romania who fielded Elena Zaharia and Luciana Mitrofan in the singles prior to Ioanna Singeorzan and Irina Rus joining forces to form the doubles combination.
A place in the final booked; victory in opposition to India’s Diya Parag Chitale and Munmun Kundu concluded matters. Chen Yi beat Munmun Kundu (11-1, 11-4, 9-11, 11-1), before Yang Yiyun accounted for Diya Parag Chitale (11-7, 11-2, 11-9) and Chen Yi combined with Zhang Xiaoyu to secure the doubles (11-8, 13-11, 11-5).
Meanwhile, in the opposite half of the draw, Diya Parag Chitale and Munmun Kundu had beaten the French partnership of Chloe Chomis and Charlotte Lutz by three matches to nil, prior to recording a three-one penultimate round success in opposition to Serbia’s Reka Bezeg and Radmila Tominijak.
The one win for the Serbians was recorded by Radmila Tominijak, in the opening match of the fixture, she accounted for Munmun Kundu (11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6). However, wins from Diya Parag Chitale against Reka Bezeg (8-11, 11-3, 8-11, 12-10, 11-6) and in opposition to Radmila Tominijak (11-7, 11-4, 11-4) plus doubles success in harness with Munmun Kundu ensured success.
Alas for India in the final, it was just one step too far.