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.