20 May 2018

Names that do not appear on the current world rankings; thus could be considered total outsiders but when the country from which they hail is taken into account, could well be regarded as clear favourites, China’s Wang Xiaotong and Wei Yuanhui won the Girls’ Doubles title at the 2010 Slovak Junior Open in Senec on Sunday 20th May.

A series of impressive performances; it was only in the final when they experienced severe opposition.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

In the title deciding contest, Chinese Taipei’s Chien Tung-Chien and Yu Hsiu-Ting, the no.5 seeds, proved most worthy adversaries; after losing the opening two games they performed a most spirited recovery to level matters but could not maintain the momentum to realise a memorable recovery. A five games outcome was the end result (11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-8).

Most certainly, a hard fought final, on the journey to the title deciding contest for the Chinese duo, life was less exacting.

After recording a second round win in opposition to the combination of Japan’s Reina Aso and Chinese Taipei’s Chen Ting-Ting, the no.3 seeds (11-5, 13-11, 11-6), they accounted for Poland’s Aleksandra Michalak and Julia Szymczak, the no.10 seeds (11-6, 16-14, 11-7) to reserve their semi-final place where the good form continued.

They overcame Japan’s Honami Nakamori and Sakura Yokoi, the no.14 seeds (11-8, 11-4, 11-6), the pair who at the quarter-final stage had ended the adventures of partnership formed by Hungary’s Helga Dari and Slovenia’s Aleksandra Vovk, the no.9 seeds (10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 16-18, 11-5). Notably one round earlier Helga Dari and Aleksandra Vovk had caused a major upset by beating Amy Wang and Lynn Hsieh Tia of the United States, the no.2 seeds (11-13, 11-6, 13-11, 11-8).

A second round defeat for the second seeds, it was the same for the top seeds; the combination of Hungary’s Fanni Harasztovich and Andrea Pavlovic departed proceedings at the hands Slovakia’s Tatiana Kukulkova and Jana Terezkova, the no.11 seeds (9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7).

Joy for the host nation but it was short lived; in the quarter-finals they were beaten by Chien Tung-Chien and Yu Hsiu-Ting (11-5, 12-10, 11-8), the Chinese Taipei pair duly reserving their place in the final by overcoming Japan’s Kaho Akae and Yukari Sugasawa, the no.7 seeds (4-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-7).

Earlier Kaho Akae and Yukari Sugasawa had caused a quarter-final upset of note; they ended the progress of Poland’s Anna Wegrzyn and Katarzyna Wegrzyn, the no.4 seeds (13-11, 11-8, 11-9).

Proceedings concluded in Senec; attention now turns to Wladyslawowo, the 2018 Polish Junior and Cadet Open commences on Wednesday 23rd May.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Slovak Junior Open Wang Xiaotong Wei Yuanhui

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