23 Nov 2017

A depth of talent never greater, the reservoirs of exciting young Japanese players born this century appears to be deeper and deeper by the month; now add two more names to that list, 13 year old Hayata Suzuki and 14 years of age Yuma Tanigaki.

No current world ranking, very much making their first steps in international waters; against the odds both remained unbeaten in the first stage of the Junior Boys’ Singles event at the 2017 Portugal Junior and Cadet Open in Guimarães on Wednesday 22nd November.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Crucially Hayata Suzuki accounted for Spain’s Sergi Grau, the no.10 seed (11-5, 11-5, 6-11, 7-11, 11-5), Yuma Tanigaki overcame Romania’s Mihai Pop, the no.13 seed (11-6, 11-3, 11-9, 11-7).

Defeats for Sergi Grau and Mihai Pop, alas for both it was third place in the group. In addition Sergei Grau suffered at the hands Romania’s George Vrabie (11-5, 11-5, 6-11, 7-11); Mihai Pop was beaten by Poland’s Goncalo Gomes (11-3, 11-9, 19-21, 11-6). George Vrabie and Mihai Pop concluded matters in second places and thus advanced to the main draw.

Progress to the knock-out rounds for Hayata Suzuki and Yuma Tanigaki; it was the same for the one further Japanese player on duty. Riki Kagami, 16 years old, lost to Spain’s Alvaro Gainza (11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 3-11, 11-7) but overcame the host nation’s Samuel da Silva, the no.8 seed (11-9, 6-11, 11-3, 11-9). The outcome was second place in the group behind the unbeaten Alvaro Gainza who likewise accounted for Samuel da Silva (12-10, 11-4, 8-11, 4-11, 11-1).

Unexpected main draw places and there were three other names who caught the eye. Spain’s John Ander Guerricauta, England’s Matthew Daish and Russia’s Alexey Perilyev all reserved main draw places contrary to expectations.

Surprises but not where the leading names were concerned; Iran’s Amin Ahmadian, Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun and Iran’s Amirreza Abbasi all topped their respective groups, as did Romania’s Cristian Chirita.

Play in the Junior Boys’ Singles event concludes on Thursday 23rd November.


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