03 Aug 2017

Represented by Xu Haidong, Xu Yingbin and Yang Shuo; China won the Junior Boys’ Team title at the Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open on Thursday 3rd August.

Furthermore, they won in considerable style accounting for the Chinese ‘B’ outfit comprising Lin Yun-Ju, Li Hsin-Yang and Lin Kun-Chung in the final.

Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
A three matches to one margin of victory was the outcome in the title decider; a contest in which only one of the four encounters did no go the full five games distance.

The duel in question was the third match of the fixture when Yang Shuo gave China the momentum by beating Lin Lun-Chung in four games (11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 11-6). The win came after Lin Yun-Ju had given Chinese Taipei the ideal start when overcoming Xu Haidong (11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7), prior to Xu Yingbin recovering from a two games to nil deficit to beat Li Hsin-Ying by the very narrowest of decisions (8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 13-11).

Proceedings concluded with success for Xu Yingbin; he accounted for Li Yun-Ju in five games (11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-2) to seal the victory.

Impressive against Chinese Taipei ‘B’ in the final; it had been the same in the penultimate round when facing the latter’s colleagues, the Chinese Taipei ‘A’ Team trio comprising Feng Yi-Hsin, Chen Chun-Hsiang and Hu Chung-Wen, the no.3 seeds. A three matches to nil win was recorded.

Meanwhile, in the opposite half of the draw; required to compete in the quarter-finals, Lin Yun-Ju, Li Hsin-Yang and Lin Kun-Chung beat the combination of Australia’s Rohan Dhooria, India’s Ishaan Hingorani and Singapore’s Gerald Yu Zong Jun by three matches to nil prior to recording a three-one win in opposition to Thailand’s Supakron Pankhaoyoy, Yanapong Panagitgun and Purit Verakultawan.

Notably, the one win for Thailand was secured in the third match of the fixture when Purit Verakultawan beat Lin Kun-Ching in a closely contested five games duel (11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 10-12, 12-10).

World Junior Circuit 2017 Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open Xu Haidong Xu Yingbin Yang Shuo

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