Soo Wai Yam in form for Hong Kong
Photo By: Donald Chin
Volkswagen 2012 World Junior Table Tennis Championships
Selecting from the quartet of Zhu Yuling, Gu Yuting, Gu Ruochen and Liu Gaoyang; China, the top seeds in the Girls’ Team event at the Volkswagen World Junior Championships in Hyderabad, duly finished in first place in their second stage group on Monday 10th December 2012.
Equally Japan, the second seeds, who selected from Ayuka Tanioka, Miyu Maeda, Mima Ito and Miyu Kato topped their group to complete a trouble free day.
Both are through to the quarter-finals.
However for the next two teams in the pecking order there were problems; both Korea and Romania experienced defeats.
Hong Kong, the sixth seeds and the United States, the fifth seeds, were the teams to cause the upsets.
Fine Start for Korea
Fielding the trio of Lee Dasom, Jung Yumi and Lee Zion; Korea made a fine start to the second day of proceedings.
They overcame the host nation’s outfit of Reeth Tennison, Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee by three matches to nil but then ran into trouble against an in form Hong Kong outfit.
Matters started well for Korea with Jung Yumi accounting for Doo Hoi Kem (11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 11-3) but that was the sum total of the third seeds success.
Li Ching Wan beat Lee Dasom (11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9), Soo Wai Yam overcame Kim Byeolnim (12-10, 11-6, 11-9) with Doo Hoi Kem ending matters by defeating Lee Dasom 11-7, 11-9, 11-9).
Similarly, it was a three matches to one defeat for the fourth seeded Romanians when facing the United States, after succeeding in a very closely fought opening fixture encounter against the Netherlands.
Britt Eerland in Form
A full distance duel was the order of the day with Britt Eerland, the Netherlands player to cause the Romanians problems.
She beat both Irinia Ciobanu (11-9, 11-4, 11-8) and Bernadette Szocs (8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 12-10) but that proved to be the Netherlands only successes.
Reverses for Netherlands
Kim Vermass suffered against Bernadette Szocs (11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7) and in opposition to Irina Ciobanu, in the crucial fifth match of the contest (11-8, 11-8, 11-4).
The one remaining Romanian win was recorded by Bernadett Balint; in the third match of the fixture she accounted for Alice Barendregt (11-6, 13-11, 11-7).
Lily Zhang Outstanding
Problems for Romania caused by Britt Eerland, against the United States the thorn in the side was Lily Zhang.
She overcame both Irina Ciobanu (1-5, 11-5, 11-3) and Bernadette Szocs (4-11, 11-9, 12-10, 12-10), with the one further win for the United States being recorded by Prachi Jha.
The rapidly improving American overcame Roxana Istrate (13-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8).
One Fixture Remains
One fixture in each group remains with Hong Kong set to face India and the United States due to face the Netherlands.
Meanwhile in the group involving top seeds China, the one remaining contest sees Russia (Ekaterina Guseva, Daria Chernova, Anna Rossikhina, Elizaveta Khylzova) face Croatia (Mateja Jeger, Lea Rakovac, Ivana Tubikanec, Ida Jazbec).
Meanwhile, in the group where Japan is already secure in first place, Germany (Petrissa Solja, Nina Mittelham, Anja Schuh, Theresa Kraft) confront Chinese Taipei (Huang Yu-Wen, Hsu Ya-Ting, Huang Hsin, Chiu Szzi-Hua).
Top Two to Quarter-Finals
The teams finishing in first and second places in each of the four groups progress to the quarter-finals.