30 Jul 2017

Titles after titles, winners somewhat against expectations, India dominated matters in the junior events at the 2017 Jordan Junior and Cadet Open in Amman; in the counterpart cadet competitions it was Chinese Taipei who ruled they waves.

They completed proceedings on Saturday 29th July with gold to their credit in all six events.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Hsu Po-Hsuan and Huang Yu-Jie emerged the two most successful players on duty; in the cadet events for Hsu Po-Hsuan it was three gold medals, for Hsu Yu-Jie it was two gold and one silver.

On the penultimate day of play, Hsu Po-Hsuan had won the Cadet Boys’ Singles event beating India’s Payas Jain in the final (11-4, 11-6, 11-6), having in the morning session of play secured the Cadet Boys’ Doubles title in harness with Peng Chih. At the final hurdle the duo accounted for Iran’s Radin Khayyam and Mohammad Amin Samadi (11-5, 11-9, 12-10).

Impressive performances; on the concluding day of play, lining up alongside Lin Yen-Chun and Peng Chih for Chinese Taipei ‘B’, the Cadet Boys’ Team title was seized; a three matches to nil victory being the order of proceedings in each round.

At the final hurdle it was the Indian trio of Payas Jain, Yashansh Malik and Chinmaya Soiyama who found Hsu Po-Hsuan and Peng Chih, Lin Yen-Chun being resigned to the bench, in no mood for charity.

Notably, it was almost the same collection of medals for Huang Yu-Jie. In the Cadet Girls’ Team final, the top step of the podium in partnership and Chen Ci-Xuan was denied by the very minimal margin when facing colleagues, Chinese Taipei ‘A’, represented by Chien Tung-Chuan and Cai Fong-En.

A three-two victory in favour of the latter was the outcome. In the decisive fifth match of the fixture Chien Tung-Chen beat Chen Ci-Xuan by the very minimal two point in the concluding game, to secure the title (9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9).

It was to some extent revenge for Chien Tung-Chuan and Cai Fong-En; the previous day they had been beaten in the Cadet Girls’ Doubles final by Huang Yu-Jie and Chen Ci-Xuan (9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8)

Success in opposition to Chien Tung-Chien, in the early evening of the last but one day, it had been success against the same player in the Cadet Girls’ Singles final; she beat Chien Tung-Chien by the very narrowest of five game decisions to arrest the top prize (10-12, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 13-11).

Meanwhile, as matters came to a conclusion on the final day of play, just as in the Junior Boys’ Singles and Junior Girls’ Singles events, it was success for India in the Hopes Boys’ Singles and Hopes Girls’ Singles competitions.

Payas Jain overcame Iran’s Mohammad Amin Samadi to win the Hopes Boys’ Singles title (11-5, 11-9, 12-10); likewise, Anargya Manjanath secured the Hopes Girls’ Singles crown. In the title deciding contest, she accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Pu-Syuan (11-7, 6-11, 11-5, 12-10).

Play in Amman concluded, attention now turns to further east; the 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open commences on Wednesday 2nd August.

Day Five: Jordan Junior and Cadet Open
Photos: courtesy of Jordan Table Tennis Federation

World Junior Circuit 2017 Jordan Junior and Cadet Open Chinese Taipei

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