Three groups in the first stage of the Junior Girls’ Team event at the 2014 China Junior and Cadet Open in Taicang, at the end of the first day of play, Monday 23rd June; it was second place in each group for the outfits who started as favourites.
China ‘A’ with Zhao Ke and Shentian on duty, alongside their colleagues the China ‘B’ Team outfit of Wang Yidi, Fan Siqi and Mu Jingyu asserted their authority on matters; as did the DPR Korea combination of Kim Jinju and Kim Nam Hae.
They concluded matters unbeaten and thus reserved first places in the groups; the salvation for the top three seeds being that they secured runners up spot and thus advanced to the main draw.
Thailand, the top seeds, suffered a three-nil defeat at the hands of China ‘B’ in their opening encounter.
Wang Yidi beat Orawan Paranang (8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8), Fan Siqi defeated Tamolwan Khetkhuan (11-9, 11-5, 12-10) with Fan Siqi and Mu Jingyu combining to post a doubles success against Tamolwan Khetkhuan and Orawan Paranang (11-9, 11-6, 11-5).
Both China ‘B’ and Thailand recorded three-nil wins against the Chinese Taipei combination of Chen Yen-Hsin and Hung Hung.
Defeat at the hands of the host nation in their opening contest, it was the same for the second seeded Chinese Taipei duo of Kuo Chia-Yun and Lee Yu-Peng. They were beaten by Zhao Ke and Shen Tiantian.
Zhao Ke accounted for Kuo Chia-Yun in a close five games duel (11-1, 6-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9), before Shen Tiantian defeated Lee Yu-Peng (11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 11-8) and a doubles win for Shen Tiantian and Zhao Ke concluded matters (11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 11-8).
Third place in the group went to the Latin American pairing of Guyana’s Chelsea Edghill and Uruguay’s Maria Pia Lorenzotti. They found against Asian adversaries too hot to handle; three-nil defeats on both visits to the table proved the end result.
Three-nil defeats in the opening contests for the top two seeds, it was exactly the same for the third seeded Indian pairing of Priyadarshini Das and Sreeja Akula. They suffered against the DPR Korea combination of Kim Nam Hae and Kim Jinju.
Kim Nam Hae beat Priyadarshini Das (11-8, 11-6, 11-6), Kim Jinju accounted for Sreeja Akula (15-13, 11-5, 11-6), before Kim Nam Hae and Kim Jinju combined to secure the doubles (11-7, 11-6, 11-3).
Both DPR Korea and India recorded three-nil wins again the Kazakhstan pairing of Yuliya Ryabova and Gaukhar Almagambetova.
The finals of all team events take place on Tuesday 24th June.
Mixed Fortunes for Russia
Success came the way of the top seeded Russia ‘A’ partnership of Anton Kotov and Denis Ivonin on the opening day of play, Monday 23rd June, in the Cadet Boys’ Team event at the China Junior and Cadet Open in Taicang.
They finished in first place in their group and thus progressed to the main draw.
However, for their colleagues, Artur Abusev and Ilya Isakov, the second seeds, they finished in third position in their group and thus all hopes of a place on the medal podium were extinguished.
They suffered a three-one defeat against China in their opening match of the competition before in the second match of the itinerary losing to Chinese Taipei by three matches to nil.
Against China, Artur Abusev beat Chen jangxuan in the opening match of the contest but that was to be the only success for the Russian duo.
Heng Yinhao accounted for both Ilya Isakov (8-11, 11-1, 11-6, 14-16, 11-7) and Artur Abisev (11-6, 11-4, 11-5); whilst sandwiched in between partnering Li Duo to doubles success (8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-6).
Defeat in the opening fixture, it was an even more resounding defeat in the second.
The Chinese Taiei ‘A’ Team duo of Lin Yu-Ju and Li Hsin-Yang showed no mercy.
Lin Yun-Ju beat Ilya Isakov (11-2, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5), Li Hsin-Yang accounted for Artur Abusev (11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-4) with Lin Yun-Ju and Li Hsin-Yang combining to win the doubles (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8).
Top place in the group eventually went to Chinese Taipei ‘A’ with China in second spot and thus reserving a place in the main draw; teams finishing in first and second places in each of the two groups advanced to the semi-finals.
Pole position for Chinese Taipei ‘A’ but it was a hard earned top place; a full distance three-two result being the verdict in the contest against China.
The thorn in the side of Chinese Taipei ‘A’ was Heng Yinhao; he beat both Li Hsing-Yang (11-6, 11-9, 11-9) and Lin Yun-Ju (11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6) but that was to be the host nation’s only success. Chen Shangxuan was beaten by both Lin Yun-Ju (11-6, 5-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3) and by Li Hsin-Yang in the vital concluding match of the fixture (11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7). The one further success for Chinese Taipei ‘A’ came in the doubles; Li Hsin-Yang and Lin Yu-Ju beat Heng Yinhao and Li Duo in three straight games (11-6, 11-6, 11-2).
Success for Chinese Taipei against China, in the Cadet Girls’ Team event, where similar to the Cadet Boys’ Team competition there were two groups in the first stage of proceedings, it was the reverse scenario. The Chinese Taipei ‘A’ Team duo of Fang Sih-Han and Tsai Yu-Chin, the second seeds, had to settle for runners up spot in their group behind China.
They suffered a three-one defeat at the hands of Hu Jiaqian and Xue Yuyuan with the latter being the architect of the Chinese victory. She accounted for both Tsai Yu-Chin (11-4, 11-5, 11-5) and Fang Sih-Han (11-7, 12-10, 11-5), whilst teaming with Hu Jiaqian to secure the doubles (13-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-5).
Meanwhile, in the corresponding group it was first place for the top seeded Japanese duo of Hina Hayata and Risa Shibata.
Play in the team events concludes on Tuesday 24th June.