by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
The win recorded by Feng Yi-Hsin was as predicted and concluded a most successful day; some four hours earlier he had partnered colleague Tai Ming-Wei, to success on the Cadet Boys’ Doubles event. The pair accounted for the combination of Ireland’s Owen Cathcart and Finland’s Alex Naumi at the final hurdle (8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9).
Later in the day it was to be success in opposition to Tai Ming-Wei; the two players met in the final of the Cadet Boys’ Singles event with Feng Yi-Hsin prevailing in three straight games.
Earlier in the latter stages Tai Ming-Wei, the no.2 seed, had accounted for the host nation’s Csaba Bence, the no.5 seed, at the quarter-final stage (11-8, 11-5, 11-7), before ousting Iran’s Amin Ahmadian, the no.4 seed, to reserve his place in the final (12-10, 12-10, 11-9).
Impressive performances by Tai Ming-Wei, in the opposite half of the draw, in the latter stages, life had been more testing for Feng Yi-Hsin.
He needed the full five games to beat Italian qualifier, John Oyebode in the round of the last eight (11-13, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3), prior to experiencing a similar close examination when confronting Hungary’s Patrik Juhasz, the no.9 seed. It was a semi-final in which he faced the precipice of defeat; he lost the first two games before standing on the brink in the fourth (8-11, 10-12, 11-7, 13-11, 11-5).
“Unfortunately, my performance got worse and worse from the second half of the fourth game. I could not concentrate. Probably I could have won if I had been more confident”, John Oyebode after losing to Feng Yi-Hsing
Notably, Patrik Juhasz had caused an upset of note by beating Russia’s Maksim Grebnev, the no.4 seed, in the third round (9-11, 11-13, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7), prior to recording a quarter-final success in opposition to Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yan-Cheng, the no.11 seed (13-11, 11-7, 11-4).
“The playing style of my opponent was favourable for me. I am happy I could win the quarter-final match in such a confident way”, Patrik Juhasz after overcoming Huang Yan-Cheng
Success for Feng Yi-Hsin as predicted, for Tania Plaian the win was only a mild surprise.
The no.2 seed, she accounted for Hong Kong’s Wong Chin Yau, the top seed at the final hurdle (12-10, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7), having earlier beaten most worthy opponents. She accounted for qualifier Claire Picard of France in the quarter-finals by the very narrowest of margins (12-10, 11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9) prior to beating Chinese Taipei’s Chien Tung-Chuan, the no.8 seed in the penultimate round in a similarly hard fought duel (10-12, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-7).
“There was a lot of pressure on me to win the match, and I was afraid; therefore my level was not good. I did not receive service well”, Tania Plaian after accounting for Claire Picard
Meanwhile, somewhat less testing, in the round of the last eight, Wong Chin Yau had beaten Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yu-Jie, the no.7 seed (11-8, 11-7, 11-5), before defeating Italy’s Jamila Laurenti, like Claire Picard a qualifier (11-7, 11-8, 11-4).
Defeat for Jamila Laurenti but like Chien Tung-Chuan, she could be more than pleased with her efforts; both had caused quarter-final upsets. Chien Tung-Chuan had beaten Korea’s Byun Seoyong, the no.3 seed (11-7, 11-7, 11-8); Jamila Laurenti had overcome Russia’s Ekaterina Zironova, the no.4 seed (11-1, 9-11, 11-3, 15-13).
Disappointment for Ekaterina Zironova, but there was success; earlier in the day she had partnered compatriot, Elizabeta Abraamian the Cadet Girls’ Doubles gold. At the final hurdle they beat the host nation’s Veronika Menko and Viola Phan (11-7, 11-5, 11-3).