The Rise of Huang Yi-Hua Continues as Creditable Fifth Spot is Secured
The rise up the ITTF Women’s World Ranking list may not be meteoric and a top 50 place has as yet proved elusive, but watching Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yi-Hua play; there is sufficient evidence that place in the top echelons of world table tennis awaits and that her country could well have a role model for other girls to follow.
Chuang Chih-Yuan and Chiang Peng-Lung, both have ITTF Pro Tour Men’s Singles titles to their credit, but since the era of Chen Jing and Tong Fei-Ming their female players have never really matched the achievements of their male counterparts.
At the Evergrande Real Estate Asian Cup in Guangzhou on Saturday 26th March 2010, 25 year old Huang Yi-Hua has given sufficient evidence that the situation may well be about to change.
Only Beaten by Top Two Seeds
In Guangzhou, the only players to have emerged successful against her were the top two seeds; in the group stage she was beaten by Singapore’s Feng Tianwei, the no.2 seed, then in the quarter-finals China’s Liu Shiwen caused her downfall.
However, she did not succumb lightly, she extended both stars to five games and in the contest for fifth to eighth place she did as well as in humanly possible. She finished in fifth place beating two higher world ranked and more experienced adversaries.
Beat Higher Ranked Players
Currently standing at no.55 on the ITTF Women’s World Rankings, Huang Yi-Hua beat Hong Kong’s Lau Sui Fei, (world ranked no.42) before overcoming Singapore’s Wang Yue Gu (world ranked no.11) to secure a very creditable fifth place.
“It’s the second time that I’ve played Wang Yue Gu, we played last year in November in Lucknow at the Asian Championships”, explained Huang Yi-Hua. “I lost in six games.”
The problem on that occasion for Huang Yi-Hua was undoubtedly coping with the fast attacks from the backhand of Wang Yue Gu, the side of the racket on which she uses short pimples and attacks in a manner reminiscent of the great Deng Yaping.
“She’s fast and I had to adjust the her speed quickly; it’s really important when you play Wang Yue Gu that you play with heavy topspin”, added Huang Yi-Hua, underlining a comment I hear time and time again; spin causes the problem, it was so for Wang Yue Gu.
“Here it’s really difficult to finish in the top four but I’m satisfied with the result”, concluded Huang Yi-Hua. “I think to improve more I need more and more experience, so playing on the ITTF Pro Tour is really important for me.”
Undoubtedly, she is improving; fifth place was a creditable performance; sixth place was therefore in the hands of Wang Yue Gu with Hong Kong’s Lau Sui Fei concluding matters in seventh spot, ahead of Korea’s 16 year old Yang Ha Eun.
In the contest to determine seventh and eighth places, Lau Sui Fei gained revenge over Yan Ha Eun for her group stage reversal.
Meanwhile, in the Men’s Singles event, China’s Ma Lin stamped his authority on proceedings to clinch fifth place beating Korea’s Seo Hyun Deok with the latter’s colleague, Kim Min Seok, gaining seventh spot by overcoming Hong Kong’s Tse Ka Chun.