Cheng Ting-Ting superb in Brazil
Photo By: Manfred Schillings
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Chinese Taipei’s Chen Ting-Ting, 13 years old, was the player to attract the attention on the third day of play, Friday 13th September 2013, at the Brazil Junior and Cadet Open in Rio de Janeiro.
Compact, short strokes, well balanced, her technique approaching the ultimate goal of perfection; not only did she qualify for the main draw in the Cadet Girls’ Singles event, she achieved the same feat in the Junior Girls’ Singles competition.
Furthermore, already she has a title to her credit, in partnership with Lee En-Chi, one day earlier, she had won the Cadet Girls’ Team competition.
Not only did the Chinese Taipei win the event, they dominated matters from start to finish.
Impressively they recorded three-nil victories in every contest.
First Place in Group
On the morning of the third day of play, Chen Ting-Ting duly secured first place in her Cadet Girls’ Singles group; the no.4 seed, she accounted for the Brazilian duo of Martina Kohatsu (14-12, 11-3, 11-3) and Nataly Duarte (11-3, 11-3, 11-1).
Qualifying for the second stage of the Cadet Girls’ Singles event was as seeding predicted, qualifying for the second stage of the Junior Girls’ Singles competition was not; that was a surprise.
Second Place Gained
She overcame Puerto Rico’s Melanie Diaz, the runner up earlier in the year at the Peru Junior and Cadet Open in Lima, in four games (5-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7), before overcoming Nataly Duarte for the second time in the day (11-1, 11-5, 11-3) to effectively secure second place in the group.
In her concluding match of the day she was overpowered by Brazil’s Caroline Kumahara (11-3, 11-8, 11-3) and thus suffered her one and only defeat in three days of play.
Pleased with Title
“I am really happy to have won the Cadet Girls’ Team title; it’s my first title on the ITTF Junior Circuit”, said Chen Ting-Ting. “Against Melanie Diaz I felt comfortable in the rallies but against Caroline Kumahara I was too passive, I needed to attack much more.”
No doubt her assessment is accurate but in the teenage years a gap between a 13 year old and an 18 year old is huge, Caroline Kumahara proved far too powerful; physically much stronger.
Undoubtedly Chen Ting-Ting learned from the experience and if any young lady at the Brazil Junior and Cadet Open has the attributes to progress to a higher level, it is the girl with the rhythmical name.
The name is Chen Ting-Ting.
Chen Ting-Ting looks back at three successful days in Rio de Janeiro, Angela Guan provides the translation service