by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
At the latter stages, having accounted for Hong Kong’s Poon Yat (11-9, 11-9, 11-8); Huang Yu-Jie, the no.4 seed, overcame Malaysia’s Karen Lyne (11-4, 11-4, 13-11) to reserve her place in the final.
Good form, the good form was maintained in the final. She beat Ng Wing Lam, the no.5 seed and like Poon Yat from Hong Kong (11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4), to reserve the highest step of the medal podium.
In the opposite half of the draw, Ng Wing Lam had caused a series of upsets. In the round of the last eight, she beat Chinese Taipei’s Chien Tung-Chuan, the no.3 seed (9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7), before recording a penultimate round success in opposition to colleague and top seed, Lee Ka Yee (11-8, 4-11, 11-5, 11-4).
Meanwhile, in the Hopes Girls’ Singles competition, Singapore’s Zhou Jingyi added to her title collection.
Prior to the tournament commencing, she had won the Girls’ Singles title at the Asian Hopes and Challenge Week, also staged in Bangkok; at the SET 2017 ITTF Thailand Junior and Cadet Open, she accounted for compatriot Ser Lin Qian in the final (9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7), having one round earlier beaten Hong Kong’s Chelsea Chan Shiu Lam (11-8, 12-10, 11-6).
In the opposite half of the draw, in the corresponding semi-final, Ser Lin Qian had ended the hopes of the host nation’s Wrakarn Tayapitak (11-4, 11-2, 11-4).
Photos: Nakarees Terakashimi