26 Apr 2018

China, as has been the instance on many an occasion, emerged as the dominant force on Thursday 26th April at the 2018 French Junior and Cadet Open in Metz; on the second day of action they collected all four titles on offer.

Yu Heyi won the Junior Boys’ Singles title having earlier in the day partnered Xu Yingbin to Junior Boys’ Doubles gold. Meanwhile, Zhang Binyue secured top prize in the Junior Girls’ Singles event; Shi Xunyao and Sun Yizhen combined forces to be crowned Junior Girls’ Doubles champions.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

Impressively in the Junior Boys’ Singles final Yu Heyi accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Feng Yi-Hsin (11-6), 11-4, 11-3, 15-13), having in the penultimate round beaten colleague Xiang Peng (11-6, 8-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-8), the quarter-final winner in opposition to Xu Haidong, the top seed and also from China (9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9).

In the opposite half of the draw in the penultimate round, Feng Yi-Hsin had prevented an all-Chinese final; he ended the progress of Xu Yingbin a quite titanic seven games duel (11-13, 11-8, 13-15, 5-11, 11-7, 15-13, 11-8).

Similarly, in the Junior Girls’ Singles event, an all-Chinese final was prevented. Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz was the player to shine.

At the semi-final stage she beat Shi Xunyao, the top seed (4-11, 12-10, 3-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9) before experiencing defeat at the hands of Zhang Binyue (10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7); in the opposite semi-final Zhang Binyue had overcome compatriot Yang Yiyun (11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-4, 11-9).

Defeat for Shi Xunyao in the Junior Girls’ Singles quarter-finals; in the Junior Girls’ Doubles competition it was success; partnering Sun Yizhen, the duo accounted for the combination of Chinese Taipei’s Cai Fong-En and Hong Kong’s Chau Wing Sze (11-6, 11-9, 11-5).

Imposing from Sun Xinyao and Sun Yizhen, it was the same from Xu Xingbin and Yu Heyi in the Junior Boys’ Doubles final; they beat colleagues Xiang Peng and Kuang Li at the final hurdle (11-6, 10-12, 11-7 11-6).

Team events now follow.

World Junior Circuit 2018 French Junior & Cadet Open Yu Heyi

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