by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
In the group stage Fumiya Igarashi had been the mainstay of the Japanese victory.
He had accounted for Feng Yi-Hsin (12-10, 11-7, 4-11, 14-12) and Li Hsin-Wang (11-8, 11-8, 11-4), prior to Seiya Numamura defeating Feng Yi-Hsin to seal the victory (5-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7). The wins for Chinese Taipei had been recorded by Li Hsin-Yang against Seiya Numamura (11-3, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7) and Tai Ming-Wei in opposition to Ryu Hiruta (11-3, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7).
A closely fought duel, it was equally the same in the final but with one vital difference; every match went the full five games distance but ever match finished in favour of Japan.
Seiya Numamura again beat Feng Yi-Hsin (11-9, 6-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7) to set Japan on the road to victory. Next, Fumiya Igarashi repeated his success against Li Hsin-Wang (11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-3); Ryu Hiruta concluded matters by overcoming Tai Ming-Wei and thus extracted revenge for the previous day’s defeat (11-8, 9-11, 4-11, 11-2, 11-5).
Success by three matches to nil in the final; earlier in the day it had been the same margin of victory in less dramatic circumstances as Indian hopes were ended. At the quarter-final stage the Japanese trio beat the India ‘B’ Team trio of Jeet Chandra, Payas Jain and Snehit Suravajjula, the no.8 seeds; prior to overcoming to reserving their place in the final courtesy of success in opposition to the India ‘A’ Team outfit comprising Manush Utpalbhai Shah, Manav Vivash Thakkar and Parth Virmani, the no.3 seeds.
Meanwhile, in the opposite half of the draw, with no changes to the selection, Chinese Taipei ‘A’ had recorded a three-nil quarter-final win in opposition to the Thailand ‘A’ Team combination of Yanapong Panagitgun, Pattaratorn Passara and Purit Verakultawan, the no.2 seeds, before overcoming the Singaporean selection of Gerald Yu Zong Jun, Lucas Tan and Beh Kun Ting, the no.4 seeds, in the penultimate round.
A three-one win for Chinese Taipei was the outcome; the one winner for Singapore being Beh Kun Ting; in the third match of the fixture, he overcame Tai Ming-Wei (11-7, 6-11, 13-11, 11-8).
Play in the Junior Boys’ Team event over, the Junior Boys’ Singles competition commences on Friday 12th May.
Photos: Nakares Terakashimi