by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
In the final of the Cadet Boys’ Doubles competition, the duo accounted for Hungary’s Csaba Andras and Oliver Both, the winners the previous day of the Cadet Boys’ Team title (11-9, 11-7, 11-6), before with no more time than to wipe the sweat from his brow, the no.4 seed, he accounted for Frenchman Fabio Rokotoarimanana, the no.6 seed, the secure Cadet Boys’ Singles gold (11-4, 13-11, 11-8).
“I was expecting to win all three games in the final; I am very satisfied. I tried to be the more dominant player during this match and not give my opponent any opportunities. The tactic worked throughout the whole match; that gave me more and more confidence. I think this was the key to win.” Li Hsin-Yu
Earlier, Li Hsin-Yu had also caused France pain by beating Myshaal Sabhi, the no.5 seed, at the quarter-final stage (11-7, 11-4, 11-8), before ousting Norway’s Borgar Haug, the no.7 seed (11-8, 11-8, 11-8) to reserve his place in the title deciding contest.
Notably, in the previous round, Borgar Haug had beaten the player in form; he ended the progress of Spain’s Arnau Ponis (11-5, 11-5, 11-7), the third round winner in opposition to Csaba Andras, the top seed (5-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-7).
In the opposite half of the draw Fabio Rokotoarimanana had overcome Germany’s Felix Wetzel, the no.3 seed (11-8, 11-8, 11-7), prior to reserving his place in the final courtesy of success when facing Peng Chih (12-10, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9).
Impressively Peng Chih who had been required to compete in the group qualification stage, had accounted for Ireland’s Owen Cathcart, the no.2 seed, in round three (8-11, 6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8).
Overall, it was a most satisfactory experience for Chinese Taipei.