by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
The success recorded by Daniel Ng rather overshadowed the efforts of Sid Naresh, also from the United States; the no.14 seed, having topped his group ahead of Costa Rica’s Alfredo Sanchez, the top seed, he continued his good form in the main draw.
A direct entry to the quarter-finals, he beat Russia’s Alexey Perfilyev, the no.6 seed (11-6, 11-9, 11-7) and now meets Canada’s Edison Huang, the no.4 seed, in the semi-finals; in the opposite half of the draw, Daniel Ng faces Edward Ly, the no.2 seed and like Edison Huang from the host nation.
Edison Huang booked his last four place courtesy of a quarter-final success in opposition to Chile’s Eusebio Vos, the no.12 seed (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8); at the same stage Edward Ly overcame Jayden Zhou of the United States, the no.16 seed (11-1, 11-2, 11-13, 11-8).
Meanwhile, in the Cadet Girls’ Singles competition the names to attract the eye were those Sabrina Zhu, Lavanya Maruthapandian and Swathi Giri of the United States. At the quarter-final stage Sabrina Zhu beat Canada’s Ivy Bao, the no.19 seed (11-9, 11-3, 4-11, 11-2), Lavanya Maruthapandian, the no.7 seed, accounted for Emine Ernst of the Netherlands, the no.2 seed (12-10, 5-11, 11-7, 9-11, 13-11). Not to be left out Swathi Giri collected the biggest scalp of all; she beat Canada’s Benita Zhou, the top seed (11-7, 8-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-7).
At the quarter-final stage, Sabrina Zhu faces Canada’s Isabelle Xiong, the no.3 seed, Lavanya Maruthapandian opposes colleague, Swathi Giri, the no.4 seed. Isabelle Xiong reserved her semi-final place courtesy of success against Faith Tung, from the United States, the no.11 seed (7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 11-3).
Play in both the Cadet Boys’ Singles and Cadet Girls’ Singles events concludes on Thursday 31st May.