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.