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).