by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Pride of place went to Maurice Chong Kai Ning with next in line being Wong Hon Lam.
Maurice Chong Kai Ning and Wong Hon Lam emerged as the respective Cadet Boys’ Singles gold and silver medallists; the former emerging successful by the very minimal margin in a final that ebbed and flowed (11-7, 9-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9).
Earlier, Wong Hon Lam, the no.6 seed, had caused a major quarter-final upset by beating Chinese Taipei’s Feng Yi-Hsin, the top seed (11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9), prior to reserving his place in the final courtesy of success in opposition to Wang Guan-Ru, also from Chinese Taipei (11-4, 11-4, 11-8).
Impressive performances Wong Hon Lam, it was the same in the opposite half of the draw from Maurice Chong Kai Ning; at the quarter-final stage, he ended the hopes of the host nation by overcoming Wanchat Pitalgulsiri (11-3, 11-5, 11-3), before at the semi-final stage accounting for colleague, Yiu Kwan To (11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 16-14).
Meanwhile in the Hopes Boys’ Singles event, it was success for Iran’s Mohammad Amin Samadi.
He emerged successful very much at the expense of India. He accounted for Tharun Shanmugan at the semi-final stage (11-7, 11-5, 11-9) prior to securing the title at the final expense of Preyesh Suresh Raj (11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-2).
In the corresponding semi-final, Preyesh Suresh Raj had recovered from a two games to nil deficit to beat Singapore’s Izaac Quek Yong (8-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-6).
Photos: Nakarees Terakashimi