28 Apr 2018

Winner two days earlier of the Junior Boys’ Singles title at the 2018 French Junior and Cadet Open in Metz, in addition to striking Junior Boys’ Doubles gold in partnership with Xu Yingbin; Yu Heyi added to his collection of titles on Saturday 28th April.

Once again alongside Xu Yingbin and with Xu Haidong completing the line-up, the Junior Boys’ Team title was secured.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

The top seeds; a three-nil win was recorded at the semi-final stage in opposition to the German trio comprising Kay Stumper, Cedric Meissner and Meng Fanbo, before a three-one margin of victory was recorded in opposition to Chinese Taipei, the no.2 seeds.

Backbone of the victory was Yu Heyi, the form displayed on the first three days of the tournament maintained.

In the second match of the fixture he beat Li Hsin-Yang (11-6, 11-4, 12-10) prior to closing the curtain by overcoming Feng Yi-Hsin (8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9). The successes came after Xu Haidong had set the team on the road to victory by overcoming Feng Yi-Hsin in the opening match of the fixture in three straight games (11-2, 11-9, 11-8).

The one win for Chinese Taipei was recorded in the third match of the engagement when Tai Ming-Wei accounted for Xu Yingbin (11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 13-11).

Earlier in the counterpart semi-final, the Chinese Taipei trio had beaten the France ‘A’ Team combination of Irvin Bertrand, Bastien Rembert and Jules Rolland by three matches to one.

Architect of the victory was Feng Yi-Hsin; in hard fought contests he beat Irvin Bertrand in four games (11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8), prior to overcoming Bastien Rembert by the very narrowest of five game decisions (15-13, 10-12, 11-1, 8-11, 14-12).

Play concludes on Sunday 29th April with the individual events in the cadet age group category.

World Junior Circuit 2018 French Junior & Cadet Open Yu Heyi

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