05 Aug 2017

Surprises abounded as play progressed towards the semi-final stage of the Cadet Girls’ Singles event at the Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open on Saturday 5th August.

Only one of the seeded players remained; for the hosts, Poon Yat, the no.9 seed, shouldered responsibility, for colleagues Lee Ka Yee and Ng Wing Lam who two days earlier had been crowned Cadet Girls’ Team champions, it was a quarter-final exit.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

After accounting for compatriot Jim Lok Lam, Lee Ka Yee, the top seed, experienced a quarter-final defeat at the hands of Japan’s Haruna Ojio (5-11, 11-3, 17-15, 5-11, 11-7).

Likewise, Ng Wing Nam, the no.3 seed, bid farewell in the round of the last eight; success against Angie Tan of the United States (11-7, 11-3, 11-2) but one round later, Poon Yat, the second round winner against Chinese Taipei’s Cai Fong-En (4-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-7), halted progress. She overcame Ng Wing Lam in three straight games (11-6, 11-9, 11-7).

Surprise semi-finalists in the top half of the draw; it was the very same in the lower half; no current world ranking, Yenn Ho Ching and Lee Chung Yan, both from Hong Kong, upset the order of merit.

At the quarter-final stage Lee Chung Yan accounted for colleague, Chau Wing Sze, the no.2 seed (11-9, 11-4, 11-6), Yenn Ho Ching ended the hopes of Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yu-Ji, the no.4 seed, in a closely contested five games encounter (11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9).

Unexpected Cadet Girls’ Singles semi-finalists; in the counterpart Cadet Girls’ Doubles event, there was just one surprise partnership to reach the round of the last four pairs.

Joanna Sung and Rachel Sung from the United States, the no.6 seeds, caused a quarter-final upset by beating Hong Kong’s Chelsea Chan Shiu Lam and Chau Wing Sze, the no.4 seeds by the very narrowest of five games margins (12-10, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9).

The Americans now meet Chinese Taipei’s Cai Fong-En and Huang Yu-Jie, the no.2 seeds, in the penultimate round; in the opposite half of the draw, Lee Ka Yee and Ng Wing Lam, the top seeds, confront colleagues Luk Sze Yu and Man Dick Kwan.

Play in the Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open concludes on Sunday 6th August.

Proceedings in Hong Kong conclude on Sunday 6th August.

 Day Four: Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open

Photos: courtesy of Hong Kong Table Tennis Association Ltd

World Junior Circuit 2017 Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open Yenn Ho Ching Poon Yat Lee Chung Yan

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