by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
At the quarter-final stage no charity was shown when facing the Portuguese trio formed by Vitor Amorin, Tiago Li and Goncalo Gomes; it was the very same in the penultimate round. Yet another fine saw a comprehensive win posted against the German outfit formed by Cedric Meissner, Meng Fanbo and Jannik Xu.
A place in the final reserved the efficient policy continued; the Chinese Taipei combination of Li Hsin-Yang, Lin Kun-Chung and Kao Min-Chi was shown no charity.
Jules Rolland beat Li Hsin-Yang to give his team the perfect start (11-6, 11-2, 10-12, 11-7), before Irvin Bertrand accounted for Lin Kun-Chung (11-7, 11-5, 6-11, 5-11, 11-0) Leo Nodrest overcame Kao Min-Chi (11-6, 11-8, 11-4) to end matters.
“I have never played against Li Hsin-Yang before, people told me that he is a good player and sure he is; however, I as well played really well during this match and I can say that it was my best match during the competition.” Jules Rolland
In the opposite half of the draw en route to the final Li Hsin-Yang, Lin Kun-Chung and Kao Min-Chi had recorded a three-one quarter-final success against the combination of Norway’s Sondre Berner who joined forces with Belgium’s Florian Cnudde and Vincent Pieraert, prior to recording the very same margin of victory when confronting the Russian trio formed by Maksim Grebnev, Lev Katsman and Smitrii Shchigortcov.
Play in the Junior Boys’ Team event concluded, attention now turns to the Cadet Boys’ Singles, Cadet Girls’ Singles and Cadet Boys Doubles and Cadet Girls’ Doubles competitions.