22 Sep 2017

Crowned champions four days earlier in Varazdin when succeeding in the Cadet Boys’ Team event at the Croatian Junior and Cadet Open; on Thursday 21st September, Li Hsin-Yu and Wang Yi-Fan repeated the feat.

The Chinese Taipei duo emerged successful at the 2017 Slovenia Junior and Cadet Open in Otocec.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

However, they were tested at the final hurdle; a full distance verdict was the order of the day.

Korea ‘A’ with Park Gyuhyeon and Oh Junsung on duty proved most worthy opponents for Li Hsin-Yu and Wang Yi-Fan. Lin Hsin-Yu emerged the mainstay of the Chinese Taipei success beating both Park Gyuhyeon in the opening match of the fixture (11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8) and Oh Junsung in the vital concluding contest (12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-3). Sandwiched in between he partnered Wang Yi-Fan to doubles success (12-10, 12-10, 3-11, 12-10).

Impressive, Lu Hsin-Yu the hero of the hour in the final; earlier at the quarter-final stage, that role had been filled by Wang Yi-Fan in opposition to Iran’s Arya Amiri and Raden Khayyam. He beat both Arya Amiri (11-9, 14-12, 10-12, 11-8) and Raden Khayyam (11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 6-11, 11-1) in a three-two success. The one further win for Chinese Taipei was recorded by Li Hsin-Yu; in the opening match of the engagement, he overcame Raden Khayyam (11-9, 12-10, 10-12, 12-10).

Testing times, at the semi-final stage life was less exacting. A three-one win was posted against the combination of Ireland’s Owen Cathcart and Russia’s Ilia Anokhin.

Meanwhile, in the opposite half of the draw Park Gyuhyeon and Oh Junsung recorded a three-nil quarter-final success against the Croatia ‘A’ combination of Filip Borovnjak and Ivor Ban, prior to posting a three-one success when facing the Hungary ‘A’ Team duo of Oliver Both and Norbert Terek.

World Junior Circuit 2017 Slovenian Junior and Cadet Open Li Hsin-Yu Wang Yi-Fan

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