by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
At the final hurdle, Korea ‘A’ provided the opposition. A three matches to one verdict was the outcome; the player to cause the champions elect problems being Jung Seongwon, in the second match of the engagement, he beat Kuang Li (12-10, 11-7, 11-9).
However, that was to be the only Korean success; Xiang Peng accounted for Park Minjun (11-13, 11-8, 11-6, 11-2) and in the match that ended proceedings, he proved too strong Jung Seongwon (11-7, 11-5, 11-6). The one further win for China was secured by Zhu Jiaqi, in the third match of the fixture he overcame Kim Hyunso (17-15, 11-9, 9-11, 11-13, 13-11).
A three matches to one win in the title decider; at the semi-final stage it had been the same margin of victory against the Hong Kong trio of Yiu Kwan To, Chan Baldwin Ho Wah and Choy Chun Kit; the one win for Hong Kong being secured in the third match of the fixture when Choy Chun Kit accounted for Zhu Jiaqi (11-9, 16-14, 12-14, 9-11, 11-6).
Earlier, at the quarter-final stage, the Chinese trio had beaten Malaysia’s Amos Ling Yi Heng, Wong Qi Shen and Tan Yi Heng by three matches to nil.
In the opposite half of the draw, Jung Seongwon, Park Minjun and Kim Hyujnso had recorded a three-one win in opposition to the Hong Kong ‘B’ Team formation of Shih Wing Hang, Yu Nok and Xu Yue, followed by the same margin of victory when facing the India ‘A’ formation of Himnakulhpuingheta Jeho, Payas Jain and Dev Shroff.
The Cadet Boys’ Team event concluded, attention now turns towards the Junior Boys’ Singles and Junior Boys’ Doubles competitions.