13 May 2017

A rich tradition and one seemingly set to continue, players from Hong Kong were very much in evidence as matters progressed to the quarter-final stage of the Cadet Girls’ Singles event at the SET 2017 Thailand Junior and Cadet Open in Bangkok on Saturday 13th May.

Lee Ka Yee, Chau Wing Sze, Ng Wing Lam and Poon Yat all reserved places in the round of the last eight.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

The top seed, in the second round of proceedings, Lee Ka Yee beat the Czech Republic’s Martina Novakova (11-6, 11-9, 11-1); similarly, Chau Wing Sze, the no.2 seed, overcame Chinese Taipei’s Tsai Yun-En (11-6, 11-8, 11-5).

Comprehensive wins; for Poon Yat, the no.10 seed, it was the same. She accounted for Singapore’s Jassy Tan Li Lin in a similar manner (11-7, 11-5, 11-8). However, for Ng Wing Lam, life was more testing; she needed the full five games to overcome Singapore’s Liu Sijia (11-7, 14-12, 8-11, 5-11, 11-8).

Success for Hong Kong; in the remaining second round Cadet Girls’ Singles contests it was honours shared between Chinese Taipei and Malaysia.

Chien Tung-Chuan and Huang Yu-Jie upheld Chinese Taipei honour; Chien Tung-Chuan overcame Sweden’s Rebecca Muskantor (11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-2) to reserve her quarter-final place; Huang Yu-Jie accounted for Sri Lanka’s Hasali Sanaya Buddhadasa (11-4, 11-8, 11-7).

Meanwhile, for Malaysia, the wins were against the odds. Kuan E. Xian overcame Singapore’s Zhou Jingyi, the no.8 seed (11-7, 8-11, 11-2, 11-8); Karen Lyne ended the progress of the host nation’s Nanapat Kola, the no.6 seed (3-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-4).

At the quarter-final stage Lee Ka Yee meets Kuan E. Xian, Ng Wing Lan opposes Chien Tung-Chuan; in the opposite half of the draw it is Huang Yu-Jie in against Chien Tung-Chuan and Huang Yu-Jie Poon Yat, Laren Lyne versus Chau Wing Sze.

Quarter-final places decided in the Cadet Girls’ Singles event; in the Hopes Girls’ Singles competition matters have advanced to the semi-finals, Singapore being very much in evidence.

Seeking a place in the final, Zhou Jingyi meets Hong Kong’s Chelsea Chan Shiu Lam; Ser Li Qian faces Thailand’s Wirakarn Tayapitak.

Play concludes in Bangkok on Sunday 14th May.

SET 2017 Thailand Junior and Cadet Open
Photos: Nakares Terakashimi

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