Winner of the Girls’ Singles event on the ITTF Junior Circuit in 2011 in South Africa and Tunisia, Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu finished the year in third place on the Standings.
In San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, on Sunday 22nd January 2012, it was two places higher for the 18 year old.
She won the Girls’ Singles title at the ITTF Junior Circuit Finals and she won in style; she recovered from an opening game deficit to beat Singapore’s gallant Isabelle Li in five games.
Chen Szu-Yu won 7-11, 11-4, 11-2, 11-4, 11-7.
Classic Contest The final was the classic contest, the attacker versus the defender, the attacker in the guise of Chen Szu-Yu, the defender in the form of Isabelle Li.
It was their second meeting in the tournament, they had confronted each other in the group stage of proceedings two days earlier; on that occasion Chen Szu-Yu had recorded a four straight games win.
Different Story In the final it was a quite different story; moving well, secure in defence, Isabelle Li captured the first game.
One game in arrears, Chen Szu-Yu responded immediately; at the start of the second game she was more positive and eliminated unforced errors, whilst also making full use of the table, moving her adversary east and west with a fearsome topspin directed into the meridian to end the point.
Pin Point Accuracy Chen Szu-Yu was now in a rhythm.
In the third game Chen Szu-Yu won the first seven points; her attacking play was flawless, she directed her top spin strokes to the far east and far west. Not only were the attacks fearsome, they were executed with pin point accuracy.
Focused Leading by two games to one, Chen Szu-Yu was now brim full of confidence; the attacks were relentless.
The young lady from Chinese Taipei, urging herself forward vocally with every success, dominated the fourth game.
Isabelle Li beaten by Chen Szu-Yu at the final hurdle Photo by Quique Aparici
One Option Attacking strongly from the very start in what could be considered very much Chinese style as opposed to trying to build bricks with controlled high top spins, Chen Szu-Yu established an early lead in the fifth game.
The only option for Isabelle Li was to change tactics, relying on solid defence was not going to reap rewards; whenever possible the Singaporean took risks and attacked.
After trailing by three points at 6-3 in the fifth game, Isabelle Li reduced the deficit to 6-5. Chen Szu-Yu called “Time Out”.
The break worked, Chen Szu-Yu moved ahead and at 10-7 held match point; an opportunity, it was duly seized; the title belonged to Chinese Taipei, the title belonged to Chen Szu-Yu.
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