17 Sep 2017

Selecting throughout Wen Ruei-Ling, Su Pei-Ling and Tsai Yu-Chin, Chinese Taipei ‘A’ won the Junior Girls’ Team title at the 2017 Croatia Junior and Cadet Open in Varazdin on Saturday 16th September.

At the final hurdle they beat the Hong Kong trio formed by Wong Chin Yau, Lee Ka Yee and Chau Wing Sze by three matches to one, having at the semi-final stage accounted for the combination of Japan’s Satsuki Odo and Yukari Sugasawa who joined forces with Amy Wang of the United States.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

In the final Su Pei-Ling proved the mainstay of success, she beat Lee Ka Yee (11-5, 12-10, 11-6) and Wong Chin Yau (11-3, 11-9, 11-7); the one further success for Chinese Taipei being recorded by Tsai Yu-Chin in opposition to Wong Chin Yau (11-4, 11-9, 5-11, 11-2). The one defeat was experienced by Wen Rue-Ling who was beaten by Chau Wing-Sze (13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10).

Meanwhile, one round earlier, it had been very much a team effort. Su Pei-Ling lost to Satsuki Odo (8-11, 12-10, 13-11, 5-11, 11-6) but later recovered to beat Amy Wang (11-5, 11-6, 12-10); Wen Rue-Ling accounted for Amy Wang (9-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7), Tsai Yu-Chin overcame Yukari Sugasawa (6-11, 11-7, 14-12, 9-11, 11-5).

“For us is very difficult to play Hong Kong, because we meet each other so many times either in Hong Kong or in Chinese Taipei. Also, I want to say that tournament was very good, on a high level. We don’t know many players here, so it’s also good experience for us.” Su Pei-Ling

Gold for Chinese Taipei, it was very nearly gold and silver. At the quarter-final stage the Hong Kong outfit  had been extended the full five match distance by Chinese Taipei ‘B’; a contest in which Wong Chin Yau emerged the stabilising force and Lee Ka Yee, the heroine.

Wong Chin Yau beat Chen Ting-Ting (11-4, 11-4, 11-4) and Cheng Ying-Chen (7-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-6), before in the vital fifth and concluding match of the fixture, Lee Ka Yee accounted for Chen Ting-Ting by the very narrowest of margins in the decisive fifth game (11-6, 11-3, 4-11, 11-5, 11-9). The wins for Chinese Taipei ‘B’ were recorded by Chen Ying-Chen in the opening match of the fixture against Lee Ka Yee (7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5) and in the third match when Lee Yu-Peng beat Chau Wing Sze (11-9, 11-5, 11-6).

A close call for Hong Kong, in the penultimate round life was less dramatic; a three-nil win was recorded against the Russian trio formed by Elizabet Anraamian, Kristina Kazantseva and Ekaterina Zironova.

World Junior Circuit 2017 Croatia Junior and Cadet Open Su Pei-Ling Tsai Yu-Chin Wen Ruei-Ling

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