2019 Asian Junior & Cadet Championships
Ulaanbaatar, Tuesday 3rd September
The latter stages complete, top seeds in both the cadet boys’ team and cadet girls’ team events, China remained very much on course for gold at the close of play on Tuesday 3rd September at the 2019 Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Ulaanbaator, Mongolia.
Represented by Chen Yuanyu, Xu Hongrui and Huang Yuzheng, a place in the boys’ team final was secured in style. A 3-0 success was posted in opposition to Iran’s Navid Shams and Mohammad Amin Samadi, followed by the same margin of victory when facing Hong Kong’s Baldwin Chan Ho Wah and Yui Kwan To.
In the final, Chinese Taipei awaits; the duo comprising Chang Yu-An and Kao Cheng-Jui recorded a 3-1 win against Singapore’s Daniel Ng and Izaac Quek Yong, prior to emerging successful in a hard fought full distance semi-final contest against the Korean Republic trio formed by Jang Seongil, Lim Yunoh and Gil Minseok.
Star of the show was Chang Yu-An; in the opening match of the contest he beat Jang Seongil (11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8), before in the decisive fifth match overcming Lim Yunoh (11-5, 11-8, 11-8).
Similarly, in the cadet girls’ team event there was no stopping China. A direct entry to the semi-final round, Chen Yi and Xu Yi secured a 3-1 against Japanese contingent of Kaho Akae, Miwa Harimoto and Sakura Yokoi to reserve their place in the final; the one success for the Land of the Rising Sun being in the opening match of the engagement when Sakura Yokoi accounted for Xu Yi (11-5, 11-4, 11-4).
In the final, they meet Korea Republic’s Kim Nayeong, Kim Seongjin and Lee Yeonhui in the title decider; in the penultimate round, the trio clinched a 3-1 win against Singapore’s Ser Lin Qian and Zhou Jingyi.
The finals of both team events will be held on Wednesday 4th September.
Editor: Ian Marshall