by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Minnie Soo Wai Yam, who may well be a candidate for the Hong Kong Women’s Team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, is supported by Mak Tze Wing.
Mak Tze Wing
Named at no.38 on the present Under 18 Girls’ World Rankings, Mak Tze Wing won earlier this year in Thailand. She occupies the no.6 spot on the current ITTF World Junior Circuit Standing. Thus she is very much a prime candidate to be gain an invitation for the ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals to be held early next year in Indore, India.
In Taipei City, Mak Tze Wing is the no.5 seed, being listed behind three players who very much have their sights set on Indore.
Occupying the no.11 spot on the current Under 18 Girls’ World Rankings, Miyu Nagasaki is the no.2 seed followed immediately by Japanese colleagues Kana Takeuchi and Yuko Kato.
Kana Takeuchi is listed at no.17 on the Under 18 Girls’ World Rankings, Yuko Kato is at no.23. Howver, more pertinently on the ITTF World Junior Circuit Standings. Yuko Kato is in top spot followed immediately by Kana Takeuchi with Miyu Nagasaki in the no.5 spot.
Notably earlier this year Yuko Kato won in France, Sweden and Portugal, Kana Takeuchi emerged successful in the Czech Republic, whilst Miyu Nagasaki secured the top step of the podium in Spain.
Won in Morocco
Success on this year’s ITTF Junior Circuit for the Japanese trio; it is the same for India’s Archana Girish Kamath.
The winner in Morocco, she is presently listed at no.36 on the Under 18 Girls’ World Rankings and at no.8 on the ITTF World Junior Circuit Girls’ Standing.
Host Nation Challenge
Major challengers from foreign shores; for the host association, the quest is led by Chen Ying-Chen and Fang Sih-Han. They complete the top eight seeded names.
Presently Chen Ying-Chen is named at no.37 on the Under 18 Girls’ World Rankings, Fang Sih-Han at no.42; on the Standings, Chen Ying-Chen, who was a quarter-finalist in Hong Kong, is listed at no.77, Fang Sih-Han, a semi-finalist in Thailand, is at no.53.
Team Events Commence
Play commences with the team events, the individual competitions begin on Friday 26th August.