Tournaments

24 Sep 2017

After only seven weeks in the country, against the odds the winner in Varazdin at the Croatian Junior and Cadet Open; once again, the following week, on Sunday 24th September in the city of Otocec, Sun Jiayi upset the order of merit.

Not seeded, no current world ranking, she won the Junior Girls’ Singles title at the 2017 Slovenia Junior and Cadet Open.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

She reserved her place in the final very much at the expense of Chinese Taipei; impressively, in the latter rounds surrendering just one game in each encounter en route to the title.

At the quarter-final stage she accounted for Tsai Yu-Chin, the no.6 seed (11-6, 11-13, 13-11, 11-4, 11-7), prior to overcoming Wei Ruei-Ling, the no.11 seed (12-10, 10-12, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7) to book her place in the final, where Hong Kong experienced the same fate as Chinese Taipei. Sun Jiayi overcame Wong Chin Yau, the no.5 seed (11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-9) to reserve the top step of the podium.

Notably on their journey to the later rounds, both Wen Rue-Ling and Wong Chin Yau had caused upsets of note; in the second round Wen Rue-Ling had beaten Thailand’s Jinnipa Sawettabut, the top seed (11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6), in round three Wong Chin Yau had overcome India’s Archana Girish Kamath, the no.4 seed (11-9, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9).

Success for Wong Chin Yau against Archana Girish Kamath was followed by a quarter-final win in opposition to Amy Wang of the United States, the no.3 seed (10-12, 11-5, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7) and a semi-final victory against India’s Selena Selvakumar, the no.21 seed (11-13, 5-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-9).

A surprise penultimate round finish for Selena Selvakumar, one round earlier at the quarter-final stage she had caused a major upset by beating Chinese Taipei’s Su Pei-Ling, the no.2 seed (11-13, 5-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-9).

Runners up spot for Wong Chin Yau, in the Junior Girls’ Doubles event it was the same outcome; partnering Lee Ka Yee; the Hong Kong duo experienced defeat at the hands of Japan’s Satsuki Odo and Yakari Sugasawa (11-9, 8-11, 11-1, 11-6).

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