Liu Gaoyang in a class of her own
Photo By: Quique Aparici
2011 ITTF Global Cadet Challenge & Global Junior Circuit Finals (Click here to access this section)
Gold in the Girls’ Team event earlier in the week at the ITTF Cadet Challenge, China’s Liu Gaoyang added more gold to her collection on Sunday 22nd January 2012 and, in so doing, concluded matters in Puerto Rico as the tournament’s most successful player.
In the five days of competition, she never lost a single match and departed with three gold medals to her credit; the only player, boy or girl, to remain unbeaten throughout the whole proceedings.
On the concluding day, she partnered Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem to Girls’ Doubles success before finishing her itinerary of matches by securing the Girls’ Singles crown.
Girls’ Doubles Final
At the final hurdle of the Girls’ Doubles event the pair overcame the ITTF World Hopes duo of Thailand’s Tamolwan Khetkhuen and France’s Marie Migot in three straight games (11-5, 11-2, 11-4); before, with the loss of just one game, she secured Girls’ Singles gold by beating her doubles partner at the final hurdle.
Liu Gaoyang overcame Doo Hoi Kem in five games (11-9, 13-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8).
Smoothly like a well-tuned top of the range limousine, Liu Gaoyang won the first two games in the final against Doo Hoi Kem; safe and secure from the backhand, able to withstand any onslaught that may arise.
However, in the third game Doo Hoi Kem, notably attacking strongly from the forehand, established a four point lead; Liu Gaoyang reduced the deficit to two points at 10-8.
Doo Hoi Kem elected for a “Time Out”; it proved a wise move, she won the next point and had reduced the match arrears to one game.
No Errors from Champion Elect
Confident, Doo Hoi Kem established an early lead in the fourth game but Liu Gaoyang, the model of consistency, responded; she took no risks, just incredibly efficient and resolute as she forced errors from the racket of Doo Hoi Kem.
Trying to exert pressure, Doo Hoi Kem made errors; in the fifth game an early lead was established by Liu Gaoyang, Doo Hoi Kem recovered to trail by one point at 7-6. Liu Gaoyang called “Time Out”.
It proved a shrewd move; at 10-7 she held three match points; Doo Hoi Kem saved the first, not the second; the title belonged to Liu Gaoyang, the title was in Chinese hands.
Liu Gaoyang (left) attacks as Doo Hoi Kem (right) waits with anticipation Photo by Quique Aparici
The top prize for Liu Gaoyang in the Girls’ Singles event and the same in the Girls’ Doubles where partnering Doo Hoi Kem, the duo proved too strong for the partnership of Tamolwan Khetkhuen and Marie Migot in the final, a three games to nil result (11-5, 11-2, 11-4) was the end result.
However, to even reach the final was a major achievement for the much younger ITTF World Hopes Team partnership; Tamolwan Khetkhuen is 14 years old, whilst Marie Migot is one year younger, 13 years old.
The silver medal was a worthy performance but in Puerto Rico there was one young lady who stood head and shoulders above the rest, the golden girl, Liu Gaoyang.
Visit itTV for Interviews with Liu Gaoyang and Dejan Papic
For interviews with Liu Gaoyang and Dejan Papic who assesses the Girls’ Doubles final and the progress of the ITTF World Hopes Team, click on itTV and go to the channel Juniors, interviews on left hand side menu under 2011 ITTF Global Cadet Challenge and Global Junior Circuit - Interviews