26 Nov 2017

The name of Tomokazu Harimoto is celebrated; now note the name of another 14 year old from Japan; note the name of Yuma Tanigaki.

On Saturday 25th November at the 2017 Portugal Junior and Cadet Open in Guimãres, he was the star of the show; he led his country to success in the Junior Boys’ Team event whilst also winning the Cadet Boys’ Singles title.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Supported by Hayata Suzuki and Riki Kagami, at the semi-final stage of the Junior Boys’ Team event, he beat both Romania’s Mihai Pop (11-5, 11-5, 11-4) and Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun, the winner two days earlier of the Junior Boys’ Singles title (11-3, 9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5), in a three-one success against an outfit in which England’s Matthew Daish completed the line-up.

In the final, once again he was the mainstay of success as a further three-one success was posted against the Iranian outfit comprising Amirreza Abbasi, Amin Ahmadian and Hamid Shams. Impressively Yuma Tanigaki accounted for both Amirreza Abbasi (11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7) and Amin Ahmadian (11-4, 11-5, 13-11).

Earlier in the counterpart semi-final, Amirreza Abbasi, Amin Ahmadian and Hamid Shams had recorded a three-two success against the Spain ‘A’ combination of Alberto Lillo, Marc Guttierez and Sergei Grau.

Outstanding in the Junior Boys’ Team event, in the Cadet Boys’ Singles it was just the same. At the final hurdle he overcame colleague, Hayata Suzuki (11-3, 11-6, 11-8), having in the penultimate round accounted for Portugal’s João Silva (11-6, 11-3, 11-4). In the counterpart semi-final, Hayata Suzuki had beaten Spain’s Arnau Pons (5-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8).

Success for Japan, in the Cadet Boys’ Team event it was success for France, the top two steps of the podium being secured. At the final hurdle France ‘B’ represented by Martin Blot and Louis Laine Campino overcame the France ‘A’ pairing of Ethan Claude and Hugo Deschamps by three matches to one, having one round earlier recorded the same margin of victory when facing the Portugal ‘A’ Team pairing of David Bessa and Ricardo Correia.

The player to impress was Louis Laine Campino; in the final he beat both Hugo Deschamps (3-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-7) and Ethan Claude (9-11, 11-6, 14-12, 11-6).

Meanwhile, in the Cadet Boys’ Doubles event it was success for Romania, in the Hopes Boys’ Singles the top prize for Iran. In the Cadet Boys’ Doubles final, Dragos Alexandru Bujor and Radu Andrei Miron accounted for Spain’s Mikel Angulo and Iker Martinez (11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8); in the latter Mohammad Amin Samadi overcame Singapore’s Quek Yong Izaac (11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9) to arrest the title.

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