Padasak Tanviriyavechakul brought smiles to the faces of the host nation
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A previous best of a quarter-final place in India in 2009, the host nation’s Padasak Tanviriyavechakul was the surprise winner of the Junior Boys’ Singles title at the Thailand Junior and Cadet Open in Bangkok on Wednesday 8th May 2013.
The sixth seed, he ousted Hong Kong’s Li Hon Ming, the no.3 seed, in the quarter-finals (3-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7), before overcoming Sweden’s Elias Ranefur, the no.12 seeds, in the semi-finals (6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 11-8) and Korea’s Kim Moogang, the no.10 seed, in the final (11-7, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10).
Furthermore, in the latter two rounds both finalists had beaten players who were very much in form.
Swede in Form
At the quarter-final stage Elias Ranefur had ousted Chinese Taipei’s Wen Wei-Chieh, the no.2 seed (6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 11-9); whilst Kim Moogang, on the previous day, having defeated Hong Kong’s Hung Ka Tak, the no.1 seed, in the second round (12-10, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9), continued his policy of causing upsets on the concluding day.
He defeated Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tai-Wei, the no.5 seed in the quarter-finals (11-4, 8-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4) and Lam Siu Hang, the no.4 seed and also from Hong Kong in the semi-finals in a tense seven games duel (11-3, 5-11, 7-11, 9-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-9).
Success for Hong Kong
Disappointment for Hong Kong but in both the Cadet Boys’ Singles and Junior Boys’ Doubles events, the Special Administrative Region of China enjoyed success.
Hung Ka Tak won the Cadet Boys’ Singles title, whilst Lam Siu Hang and Li Hon Ming secured Junior Boys’ Doubles gold.
Hung Ka Tak in Control
Occupying the no.1 seeded place in the draw, on the concluding day of play, Hung Ka Tak accounted for Indonesia’s Ronald Kadeira (11-4, 11-6, 11-6), Singapore’s Poh Shao Feng Ethan, the no.5 seed (14-12, 14-12, 11-8) and at the final hurdle Chinese Taipei’s Yu Cheng-Feng (11-4, 11-6, 11-5), to reserve the top step of the medal podium.
At the quarter-final stage Yu Cheng-Feng had ousted compatriot, Chen Chun-Hsiang (11-4, 11-6, 11-6) followed by success in opposition to Thailand’s Pattaratorm Passara (12-10, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8).
Junior Boys’ Doubles
Meanwhile in the Junior Boys’ Doubles event, Lam Siu Hang and Li Hon Ming, who likewise occupied the top seeded position, overcame Thailan’s Peeranat Dibyamandala and Kotcharuk Sookprasero in the semi-finals (8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-1), before accounting for Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tai-Wei and Wen Wei-Chieh, the no.2 seeds in the final (11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7).
In the corresponding semi-final, Wang Tai-Wei and Wen Wei-Chieh had beaten the host nation’s Suchat Pitakgulsiri and Ma Poungsri, the no.3 seeds (10-12, 11-4, 13-11, 11-5).
Gold for Chinese Taipei
The silver medal for Chinese Taipei in the Junior Boys’ Doubles competition but in the counterpart Cadet Boys’ Doubles event it was gold.
Lai Chi-Chien and Yu Cheng-Feng, the no.2 seeds, emerged successful, causing an upset in the final by overcoming Hong Kong’s Chu Hoi Man and Hung Ka Tak, the top seeds (4-11, 12-10, 14-12, 11-8).
At the semi-final stage Lai Chi-Chien and Yu Cheng-Feng overcame Kwan Man Ho and Ma Tsz Shun, also from Hong Kong, the no.6 seeds; whilst Chu Hoi Man and Hung Ka Tak defeated Qatar’s Abdulrahman Al-Naggar and Jassim Al-Sanadi, the no.3 seeds (14-12, 13-15, 11-3, 11-9).