Tournaments

24 May 2018

Crowned World Junior champion in Cape Town in 2016, China’s Shi Xunyao won the Junior Girls’ Singles title at the 2018 Polish Junior and Cadet Open in Wladyslawowo-Cetniewo on Thursday 24th May.

Competing in her third ITTF World Junior Circuit tournament of the year, she added to earlier success; in February she had won in the Czech Republic, in April she had been a semi-finalist in France.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

The no.2 seed, at the final hurdle she accounted for compatriot, Qian Tianyi, the top seed (11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8), having progressed to the final in style.

She surrendered just one individual game en route; that being in the third round against Japan’s Yukari Sugasawa, the no.15 seed (8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-3, 11-5), after in the previous having ousted Camille Lutz of France (11-5, 11-7, 11-8, 11-1).

A quarter-final place reserved, she beat Marharyta Baltushite of Belarus, the no.7 seed (11-3, 11-7, 11-2, 11-3), prior to reserving her place in the final courtesy of success in opposition to the host nation’s Anna Wegrzyn, the no.14 seed (11-4, 11-8, 11-2, 11-5).

Notably, one round earlier, Anna Wegrzyn had beaten China’s Chen Yi (5-11, 16-14, 11-6, 9-11, 14-12, 12-10), the second round winner when facing Romania’s Andreea Dragoman, the no.4 seed (12-10, 17-15, 11-2, 11-8).

Impressive from Shi Xunyao, it was the same from Qian Tianyi; she advanced to the final recording straight games victories in every round.

She accounted for Poland’s Zhai Ziyi (11-2, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6) and Japan’s Reina Aso (12-10, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5), prior to recording a quarter-final success against Russia’s Anastasia Kolish, the no.5 seed (11-7, 11-8, 11-6, 11-2) and a semi-final victory in opposition to colleague Guo Yuhan (11-6, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9).

Earlier, Guo Yuhan had recorded a third round win against Chinese Taipei’s Chen Ting-Ting, the no.3 seed (11-7, 11-4, 6-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9), before ending the progress of Lucie Gauthier of France, the no.8 seed (11-3, 3-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9).

It was for Qian Tianyi her third ITTF World Junior Circuit Girls’ Singles final of the year; she won in France before, as in Poland, being the runner up in Thailand.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Polish Junior & Cadet Open Qian Tianyi Shi Xunyao
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