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India Smiles as Asia Dominates Penultimate Stage of Affairs at Cadet Challenge
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

A determined Abishek Yadav delighted to be partnering Zhou Qihao  Photo By: Quique Aparici

01/22/2012        2011 ITTF Global Cadet Challenge & Global Junior Circuit Finals (Click here to access this section)

A bright smile beamed across the face of India’s 15 year old Abishek Yadav in the late morning of Sunday 22nd January 2012.

He lit up the state-of-the-art Puerto Rico Convention Center in the island’s capital city of San Juan.

Partnering China’s Zhou Qihao, the two players representing Asia, had booked a place in the final of the Cadet Boys’ Doubles event.

They beat the European outfit of Sweden’s Carl-Ahlander Johansson and the Czech Republic’s David Reitspies in three straight games (11-7, 11-5, 11-5).

In a session of play that was dominated by the continent they were representing, there was just one success for any challengers; in the corresponding Boys’ Doubles semi-final, Andrea Landrieu of France and Portugal’s Diogo Chen enjoyed success.

European Success
On duty for Europe, they posted a full distance five games victory over the ITTF World Hopes Team combination of Poland’s Patryk Zatowka and Park Jeong Woo.

Andrea Landrieu and Diogo Chen won 10-12, 14-12, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8.

Top Seed Advances
Defeat for Park Jeong Woo at the semi-final stage of the Boys’ Doubles event and it was the same scenario at the same stage of the Boys’ Singles competition.

He was beaten by top seed Zhou Qihao in a contest where he gained the admiration of the crowd for his athletic play against the Chinese teenager, a young man who also had gained the admiration of his Boys’ Doubles partner.

Helps Greatly
“My job is just to put the ball on the table; he is right handed, I am left handed, so we have a great deal of lateral space in which to play, if we keep playing across the diagonal we create wide angles and that helps us win many points”, said Abiskek Yadav. “He helps me a great deal, he is so consistent, so athletic; he is tremendous.”

Against Park Jeong Woo in the Boys’ Singles semi-fina, at the crucial times Zhou Qihao held the aces; he won in six games (13-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-8).

Second Seed Falls
Defeat for Korea but there was success and a surprise with Latin American hopes dashed.

Kim Min Heok, 15 years old, used his speed to good effect to beat the more powerful Brazilian Hugo Calderano, the no.2 seed. Athletic, dynamic in the very best of Korean traditions, Kim Min Hyeok won 13-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5, 13-11.

Two Bronze Medals
A semi-final defeat for Hugo Calderano meant that he left San Juan with two bronze medals having earlier been a member of the Latin American outfit that finished in third place in the Boys’ Team event.

Furthermore during the whole tournament he lost just two singles matches; the one other defeat was in the Boys’ Team semi-final against the redoubtable Zhou Qihao.

A Star for Brazil
Hugo Calderano could hold his head high, Latin America and Brazil has a star; note the name.

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