04 Jul 2017

China versus Japan will comprise the final of the Junior Boys’ Singles event at the Korean Air 23rd Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Asan; the names of the players not yet been known following the quarter-final stage of proceedings on Monday 3rd July.

In the top half of the draw an all Japanese semi-final beckons with Yuto Kizukuri facing Shunsuke Togami; in the lower half of the draw it is a Chinese duel, Wang Chuqin meets Xu Yingbin.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Yuto Kizukuri and Wang Chuqin reserved their places in the penultimate round as status suggested; they are the respective top two seeds.

At the quarter-final stage, both accounted for adversaries from Chinese Taipei. Yuto Kizukuri beat Feng Yi-Hsin, the no.10 seed (11-8, 11-9, 11-5); Wang Chuqin ousted Lin Yun-Ju, the no.7 seed (11-7, 11-8, 1-11, 6-11, 11-3). Notably Feng Yi-Hsin was very much a player in form, one round earlier, he had beaten Korea’s Cho Daeseong, the no.5 seed (11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7).

Semi-final places as expected; it was somewhat different for Shunsuke Togami and Xu Yingbin. Shunsuke Togami commenced play as the no.8 seed, Xu Yingbin as the no.11 seed.

In the round of the last eight, Shunsuke Togami accounted for China’s Yu Heyi, the no.4 seed, in a full distance encounter decided by the minimal two point margin in the deciding game (6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9); Xu Yingbin, who in the opening round had accounted for Japan’s Yukiya Uda, the no.6 seed (11-7, 11-4, 11-9), ended the progress of Korea’s An Jaehyun, the no.3 seed (11-5, 11-8, 13-11).

Defeat for Korea but in the Junior Boys’ Doubles event, the door is still open.

At the semi-final stage An Jaehyun and Hwang Minha meet Shunsuke Togami and Yukiya Uda; in the opposite half of the draw Xu Yingbin and Yu Heyi face Lin Yun-Ju and Li Hsin-Yang.

Meanwhile, in the Junior Mixed Doubles event, the title is destined for China. Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha meet Xue Fei and Qian Tianyi.

Play concludes in Asan on Tuesday 4th July.

Day Five: Korean Air 23rd Asian Junior and Cadet Championships

Photos: An Sungho

2017 Asian Junior and Cadet Championships Wang Chuqin Yuto Kizukuri Shunsuke Togami s Xu Yingbin.

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