by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Success in the opening round, the17 year old progressed from strength to strength; he beat Hong Kong’s Wong Hon Lam (11-9, 11-1, 11-4, 11-6), before booking his place in the penultimate round by overcoming Masaki Takami, the no.9 seed and like Takuto Izumo from Japan.
Impressively, he won in four straight games (15-13, 11-4, 14-12, 11-6), against a player seemingly in good form; in the second round Masaki Takami had beaten Chinese Taipei’s Lai Chi-Chien, the no.5 seed (11-7, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8).
More troubles for Japan
Despair for Japan; there was more. At the quarter-final stage of proceedings Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yu-Ju, the no.6 seed, beat Yu Kayama the no.2 seed (11-9, 8-11, 11-13, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4.
Similarly, Korea’s Cho Daesong, who had ousted India’s Anath Devarajan, the no.4 seed, in the opening round (11-5, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7), ended the hopes of Shunsuke Togami, the no.8 seed, (8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7).
Surprises but no surprises where Huang Chien-Tu was concerned; the no.3 seed, he accounted for colleague Feng Yi-Hsin, the no.16 seed (11-9, 11-6, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9), to reserve his semi-final place, notably, one round earlier Feng Yi-Hsin had caused Japan more pain.
He had ended the progress of Aoto Asazu, the no.7 seed in six games (8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9).
In the penultimate round Cai Ruei-Fong meets Cho Daeseong; Lin Yun-Ju opposes Huang Chien-Tu.
An impressive display from Cho Daeseong; in addition he booked his place in the quarter-final stage of the Cadet Boys’ Singles event where he meets colleague Shin Heetae.
They duo appears in the same half of the draw as Hong Kong’s Tsang Tsz Tsun and Singapore’s Beh Kun Ting. In the opposite half Japan’s Yu Kayama meets Chinese Taipei’s Tang Ming-Wei; Singapore’s Gerald Yu Zong Jun opposes Hsu Po-Hsuan, like Tang Ming-Wei from Hong Kong.
Reached penultimate round
Chinese Taipei names prominent; it is the same in the semi-finals of both the Junior Boys’ Doubles and Cadet Boys’ Doubles events.
In the former Feng Yi-Hsin and Li Hsin-Yang meet Huang Chien-Tu and Lin Yun-Ju; in the opposite half of the draw Lai Chi-Chien and Lin Huan-Hsun oppose Japan’s Takuto Izumo and Masaki Takami.
Meanwhile in the latter, Huang Hung-Chou and Tai Ming-Wei face Singapore’s Beh Kun Ting and Pang Yew En Koen; India’s Anukram Jain and Manush Shah oppose Korea’s Hwang Jinha and Jung Seongwon.
Play concludes on Sunday 28th August