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Chen Feng and Zhou Yihan Capture Brazilian Under 21 Titles in Rio de Janeiro
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Zhou Yihan, the Under 21 Women's Singles champion  Photo By: Mauricio Val

06/11/2011        2011 Brazil Open - ITTF Pro Tour (Click here to access this section)

Success came the way of Singapore in the Under 21 events at the Brazil Open in Rio de Janeiro on the evening of Saturday 11th June 2011.

Chen Feng was crowned Under 21 Menís Singles champion with Zhou Yihan collecting the counterpart Under 21 Womenís Singles crown.

Zhou Yihan, the no.1 seed, accounted for Wu Yue, the no.2 seed, from the United States in six games (11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5); whilst for Chen Feng, the no.2 seed, the final was an anti-climax.

Injury Forced Concession
Germanyís Patrick Franziska, the no.1 seed, was forced to concede in the opening game, the shoulder injury which had plagued him the previous day when forced to withdraw against the same player in the Menís Singles event, proved too great for him to continue.

It is the first time Chen Feng and Zhou Yihan have secured ITTF Pro Tour Under 21 titles

Female Success Continues
Meanwhile, in the Womenís Doubles event; just as in the Womenís Singles competition, Singapore ruled supreme on the third day of action in the Maracanazinho Stadium.

Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu, the no.1 seeds, progressed to the final as did Sun Beibei and Yu Mengyu, the no.2 seeds.

At the quarter-final stage, Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu beat Brazilís Ligia Silva and Jessica Yamada (9-11, 11-2, 11-5, 11-1, 11-5) before accounting for Koreaís Moon Bo Sun and Yoon Su Won in the semi-finals (7-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-3, 9-11, 11-5).

Success for Singapore in the Womenís Doubles event but there was not to be success in the counterpart Menís Doubles competition.

Yang Zi and Zhan Jian, the no.1 seeds, received a walk-over at the quarter-final stage, with the German pairing of Ruwen Filus and Patrick Franziska withdrawing from the event owing to the latterís injury.

Similarly, Chen Feng and Li Hu enioyed a quarter-final victory; they beat Belgiumís Benjamin Rogiers and Yannick Vostes (11-7, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9) but at the semi-final stage both Singapore partnerships suffered close seven games defeats.

Germanyís Lars Hielscher and Bastian Steger, the no.4 seeds, defeated Yang Zi and Zhan Jian (11-4, 9-11, 13-15, 11-7, 11-5, 2-11, 13-11); whilst Portugalís Tiago Apolonia and Jo„o Monteiro, the no.2 seeds, overcame Chen Feng and Li Hu (11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 6-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8).



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