07 Jun 2018

The initial phase of play concluded in the Junior Girls’ Singles event at the 2018 Cook Islands Junior and Cadet Open on Wednesday 6th June; there were plenty of surprise names who finished the day at the head of the list.

Contrary to expectations, there were first places for New Zealand’s Vong Hui Ling and Zhou Jiayi as there were for China’s Dai Tan and Yang Hangguo.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

All remained unbeaten; furthermore, all beat the highest ranked player in their respective groups.

Vong Hui Ling beat Canada’s Ivy Liao, the top seed (11-9, 7-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-7); Dai Tan accounted for the next in the order of merit, Malaysia’s Alice Chang Li Sam (11-7, 11-8. 11-5). Likewise, Zhou Jiayi defeated Australia’s Parleen Kaur, the no.3 seed (10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7); Yang Hangguo overcame Michelle Wu, the no.4 seed and like Parleen Kaur from Australia (11-4, 12-10, 11-5).

The saving grace for the top four names wass that it was their only defeat and thus all progressed to the main draw but for Parleen Kaur and Michelle Wu, the journey was short-lived. Both experienced opening round defeats. Parleen Kaur was beaten by Alice Chang Li Sian; Michelle Wu lost to Ivy Liao.

Defeats for Australia but the hopes of the green and gold remain alive; in the one remaining group Danni-Elle Townsend finished in second place behind China’s Zhu Xueyi and thus reserved a quarter-final place.

Meanwhile in the Junior Girls’ Doubles event, the top seeds, Alice Chang Li Sian and Ivy Liao have yet to start their quest but for the next in line there was a call to duty; in their opening contest Parleen Kaur and Danni-Elle Townsend beat the Cook Islands’ Ngamata Moekka and Marenga Tua (11-4, 11-3, 11-5).

Success for Parleen Kaur and Danni-Elle Townsend; notably both booked main draw places in the Cadet Girls’ Singles competition; Parleen Kaur finished in first place in her initial stage group ahead of New Zealand’s Emily Jin, Danni-Elle Townsend concluded matters next in line to New Zealand’s Zhou Jiayi. In the one remaining group it was first place for New Caledonia’s Lorie La ahead of Lydia Mercer-Beumelburg, like Zhou Jiayi from New Zealand.

A main draw place for Lydia Mercer-Beumelburg; in the Cadet Girls’ Doubles event, partnering colleague Emily Jin, the New Zealanders made a fine start. They accounted for Filomena Duncan and Loata Duncan from the Fiji Islands in a close five games encounter (11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9).

Play in the 2018 Cook Islands Junior and Cadet Open concludes on Thursday 7th June.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Cook Islands Junior & Cadet Open Danni-Elle Towmsend

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