17 Sep 2017

Talented young Japanese female players born this century, the names of Miu Hirano, Mima Ito and Hina Hayata head the list followed by Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki, now you can add more.

Add Satsuki Odo and Yukari Sugasawa both just 13 years old; on Sunday 17th September the duo struck gold at the 2017 Croatia Junior and Cadet Open in Varazdin.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Together they won the Cadet Girls’ Doubles title beating Korea’s Kim Seiyun and Lee Youngi (11-7, 13-11, 11-9) at the final hurdle; soon after, Yukari Sugasawa overcame Russia’s Elizabet Abraamian (11-9, 9-11, 13-15, 12-10, 11-6) to add a second title of the day.

Earlier at the semi-final stage, Yukari Sugasawa had beaten Korea’s Kang Eunji (11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7), whilst in the opposite half of the draw, Elizabet Abraamian had ended the progress of India’s Diya Parag Chitale (5-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5), the player who at the quarter-final stage had defeated Satsuki Odo (11-7, 3-11, 11-8, 12-10).

Success for Yukari Sugasawa and it is an early birthday present; she will celebrate her 14th birthday on Wednesday 20th September.

Gold for Japan, in the Cadet Boys’ Singles and Cadet Boys’ Doubles event, it was the top prize in both competitions for Korea.

Yang Yechan claimed the Cadet Boys’ Singles title beating Chinese Taipei’s Li Hsin-Yu (11-7, 11-3, 6-11, 11-8) at the semi-final stage, prior to reserving the top step of the podium courtesy of success in opposition to colleague Jang Seongil. In a tension packed final, Yang Yechan emerged victorious by the very narrowest of decisions (9-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-3, 13-11).

In the opposite half of the draw, at the semi-final stage, Li Hsin-Yu had beaten Kim Minsu in a similarly close duel (11-7, 11-8, 3-11, 6-11, 11-4).

Disappointment for Kim Minsu but there was success for the young Korean; he partnered Kim Taehyun to Cadet Boys’ Doubles gold, the pair accounting for Denmark’s Mikkel Emborg and Daniel Simonsen in the final (11-9, 11-9, 11-7).

World Junior Circuit Satsuki Odo Yukari Sugasawa Yang Yechan Kim Tahyun Kim Minsu

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