06 Aug 2017

Beaten earlier in the week in partnership with Fuwa Yumoto at the quarter-final stage of the Cadet Girls’ Team event, when experiencing a three matches to nil defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Cai Fong-En and Huang Yu-Jie; Japan’s Haruna Ojio enjoyed success beyond expectations on the concluding day of play, Sunday 6th August, at the Hang Seng 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open.

No current world ranking, very much making her first steps on the international scene, three days after celebrating her 12th birthday, she won the Cadet Girls’ Singles title.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

One of three Cadet Girls’ Singles semi-finalists with no world ranking, in the penultimate round, Haruna Ojio overcame the one player with such a status. She beat Hong Kong’s Poon Yat, the no.9 seed, in four games (11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6).

Success against one player from the host association, in the final it was success against another; she overcame Yenn Ho Ching in three straight games to secure the top prize (11-2, 11-7, 11-7). In the counterpart semi-final, Yenn Ho Ching had accounted for colleague, Lee Chung Yan (11-8, 12-10, 9-11, 12-10).

The top step of the podium for Japan in the Cadet Girls’ Singles event, it was the same in the Cadet Girls’ Doubles competition but the success was hard earned.

Satsuki Odo and Yukari Sugasawa, the no.3 seeds, eventually emerged successful but only by the minimal margin, At the final hurdle they overcame Joanna Sung and Rachel Sung from the United States, the no.6 seeds, in tension packed five games contest (13-15, 11-6, 11-3, 11-13, 14-12).

Earlier in the day at the semi-final stage, Satsuki Odo and Yukari Sugasawa had beaten Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Yee and Ng Wing Lam, the top seeds (12-10, 11-7, 13-11); Joanna Sung and Rachel Sung had overcome Chinese Taipei’s Cai Fong-En and Huang Yu-Jie, the no.2 seeds (11-9, 4-11, 11-7, 11-9).

World Junior Circuit 2017 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open Satsuki Odo Haruna Ojio Yenn Ho Ching Ykari Sugasawa

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