14 May 2018

Runner up early in the year in both the Czech Republic and in Italy; at the SET 2018 Spanish Junior and Cadet Open in Bangkok on Sunday 13th May, China’s Huang Fanzhen climbed one step higher. She secured her career first ITTF World Junior Circuit Girls’ Singles title.

The no.12 seed, at the final hurdle she beat colleague and top seed Qian Tianyi (11-8, 3-11, 3-11, 11-8, 15-13, 11-9), the player who currently heads the Under 18 Girls’ World Rankings, to secure the title.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

An impressive performance, it had been very much the same scenario at the quarter and semi-final stages when respectively she had beaten qualifiers Japan’s Reina Nakata (11-2, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7) and Korea’s Choi Haeeun (11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6).

Convincing wins; in the opposite half of the draw it had been the same from Qian Tianyi. In the round of the last eight she beat Korea’s Hong Sunsu (11-8, 14-12, 11-3, 11-3), prior to overcoming Japan’s Natsuki Chiba (11-5, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7).

Success for China, in the Cadet Girls’ Singles event there was more success.

Chen Yi, the no.3 seed, emerged victorious. At the final hurdle the 13 year old overcame Korea’s Kim Jimin (11-2, 11-7, 11-5). In the immediate two previous rounds she had beaten Byun Seoyoung, also from Korea (11-3, 12-10, 3-11, 11-7) and Hong Kong’s Ng Wing Lam, the top seed (11-8, 11-6, 15-13).

In the opposite half of the draw, in the later stages, Kim Jimin had accounted for Japan’s Haruna Ojio followed by success against China’s Fan Shuhan (11-8, 12-14, 11-3, 11-9).

Titles for China, there was also a title for Hong Kong on the concluding day of play in the Thai capital city; Li Cheuk Tung won the Hopes Girls’ Singles event, at the final hurdle she beat Korea’s Kim Taemin (11-6, 12-10, 11-3).

World Junior Circuit 2018 Thailand Junior and Cadet Open Qian Tianyi Chen Yi Huang Fanzhen

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