Angela Guan led the United States to success in the Cadet Girls' Team event
Photo By: Thorsten Gohl
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Singapore and the United States dominated matters in the Cadet events at the Double Fish Canadian Junior and Cadet Open in North Vancouver on Friday 30th August 2013.
Gold and silver was the end result for both visitors; Singapore provided the finalists in the Cadet Boys’ Team event, in the counterpart Cadet Girls’ Team competition it was the same scenario with respect to the United States.
Furthermore, the titles were secured in an impressive manner; neither winning team was ever stretched to the full five match distance.
In the final of the Cadet Boys’ Team event the mainstay of success for Singapore ‘A’ was Tay Ming Han Maxxe; he beat both Lucas Tan (11-5, 11-9, 11-9) and Ethan Poh Shao Feng (11-7, 12-10, 15-13), whilst teaming with Darren Loy Meng Hean to secure the doubles (12-10, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9).
The one success for Singapore in a three-one result was secured by Ethan Poh Shao Feng; he beat Darren Loy Meng Hean in four games (12-10, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9).
New Caledonia Repeat
Gold and silver for Singapore, it was a repeat of the final earlier in the month in New Caledonia; only on that occasion it had been a three-nil success for Tay Ming Han Maxxe and Poh Shao Feng Ethan.
Problems for Silver Medallists
En route to the final, in the second stage of proceedings, Tay Ming Han Maxxe and Poh Shao Feng Ethan had encountered few problems, overcoming the United States duo of Gal Alguetti and Sharon Alguetti by three matches to nil.
However, for Singapore ‘B’, the penultimate round duel was a much more testing experience; Ethan Poh Shao Feng and Lucas Tan were stretched to the very limit.
Mainstay and Hero
Ethan Poh Shao Feng proved to be the backbone of success; he recovered from a two games to nil deficit to beat Jeremy Hazin (13-15, 9-11, 11-3, 11-2, 11-2), before overcoming Guo Moxi (11-4, 9-11, 11-9, 14-12).
The mainstay of victory most certainly but the hero of the hour was Lucas Tan; the overall score in the fixture level at two matches apiece, in the vital concluding contest he accounted for Jeremy Hazin by the very narrowest of margins in a thrilling five games encounter (5-11, 5-11, 14-12, 11-8, 13-11). The wins for Canada came from Guo Moxi in the opening encounter against Lucas Tan (7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8) and in the doubles in harness with Jeremy Hazin (8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9).
Never in Doubt
Meanwhile, in the Cadet Girls’ Team event, the United States ‘A’ Team outfit comprising Angela Guan, Grace Yang and Lucy Ma totally dominated matters.
They overcame the United States ‘B’ Team pairing of Reda Ali and Amy Wang by three matches to nil at the final hurdle, having in the penultimate round recorded the same margin of victory against Liu Jiabao and Cherry Zheng of Canada ‘A’.
No great problems for the United States ‘A’ Team in reaching the final of the Cadet Girls’ Team event but it was a different story for the United States ‘B’ Team.
At the semi-final stage they beat Puerto Rico by three matches to one with Amy Wang accounting for both Lineris Rivera (11-9, 15-17, 11-6, 11-7) and Adriana Diaz (11-8, 11-8, 3-11, 10-12, 11-4); whilst combining with Reda Ali to secure the doubles (11-8, 11-6, 11-4). The one success for Puerto Rico came from Adriana Diaz, she accounted for Reda Ali (11-8, 11-6, 11-4).
A testing semi-final duel but not as testing as the quarter-final experience with had seen Canada ‘C’ extend the Americans the full five match distance.
Again Amy Wang was the architect of victory. She beat Ivy Liao (11-7, 11-6, 13-11) and Jane Yan (11-6, 11-6, 11-9) with the one further success for the United States coming from Reda Ali in the vital fifth and deciding match of the contest. She succeeded three straight games against Ivy Liao (13-11, 9-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7).
Success for the Canadians came from Jane Yan in opposition to Reda Ali (11-3, 12-10, 11-13, 11-5) and in the doubles with Reda Ali and Amy Wang overcoming Ivy Liao and Jane Yan in five games (13-11, 9-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7).
Individual Events Start
Team events over; attention now turns to the individual events which commence on Saturday 31st August 2013.