21 Sep 2017

Winners just three days earlier at the 2017 Croatian Junior Open in Varazdin, on the opening day of play, Wednesday 20th September, at the 2017 Slovenia Junior and Cadet, Chinese Taipei’s Li Hsin-Yu and Wang Yi-Fan underlined the fact that they have every intention of repeating the success in Otocec.

They finished in first place in their group, the crucial contest being when facing India’s Payas Jain and Himnakulthpuingheta Jeho, the no.2 seeds.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

A three-nil margin of victory was the outcome with Himnakulthpuingheta Jeho being the player to cause the victors problems.

After Li Hsin-Yu had beaten Payas Jain in the opening match of the fixture (11-5, 11-5, 11-8), Himnakulthpuingheta Jeho accounted for Wang Yi-Fan to level matters (11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9). However that was to be last success for India, the doubles was secured by Li Hsin-Yu and Wang Yi-Fan (11-3, 11-7, 11-6), before Wang Yi-Fan returned to the table to end matters. He beat Payas Jain in a full distance five games contest (17-15, 7-11, 1-11, 12-10, 11-6).

Second position for the second seeds and no progress to the main draw, only the first placed team advancing; it was the same scenario for the combination formed by Romania’s Horia Stefan Ursut and Tunisia’s Youssef Ben Attia, the no.5 seeds.

Both teams unbeaten, in the crucial contest to determine first place, they experienced a three-nil defeat at the hands of the Korea ‘A’ Team pairing of Park Gyuhyeon and Oh Junsung.

Otherwise, for the leading outfits it was first place in the group. Hungary ‘A’ with Oliver Both and Norbert Terek in action, the top seeds, secured pole position, as did the partnership formed by Ireland’s Owen Cathcart and Russia’s Ilia Anokhin, the no.3 seeds.

Likewise, for the Croatia ‘A’ combination of Ivor Ban and Filip Borovnjak, the no.4 seeds, it was first place in the group stage.

The Cadet Boys’ Team event concludes on Thursday 21st September.

World Junior Circuit 2017 Slovenian Junior and Cadet Open Payas Jain Li Hsin-Yu Wang Yi-Fan Himnakulthpuingheta Jeho

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