08 Jun 2018

A first appearance on the ITTF World Junior Circuit, on Thursday 7th June at the 2018 Cook Islands Junior and Cadet Open in Rarotonga, China’s Dai Tian completed a clean sweep of titles available.

Earlier in the week she had emerged successful in the Junior Girls’ Team event lining up alongside Yang Hangguo and Zhu Xueyi; on the concluding day of action she partnered Yang Hangguo to Junior Girls’ Doubles success before securing the Junior Girls’ Singles title.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

Furthermore at no stage was she extended the full five games distance.

First place in the initial phase group secured without the loss of a single game, at the quarter-final stage, she beat Canada’s Ivy Liao (11-7, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9), before accounting for colleague Zhu Yueyi, likewise a player with no current world ranking (11-9, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5), to secure a place in the final where the good form continued.

She overcame Alice Chang Li Sian, the no.2 seed, in the only match in the event where she was tested; she required five games to secure victory (8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 11-5, 11-4).

In the opposite half of the draw, in the later stages Alice Chang Li Sian had beaten New Zealand’s Vong Hui Ling (11-7, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5) and in a full distance encounter, China’s Yang Hangguo (11-2, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 6-11, 2-11, 11-5) to reach the final.

Earlier in the Junior Girls’ Doubles final Dai Tian and Yang Hangguo had beaten the combination of New Zealand’s Sophie Low and Michelle Wu, to secure the top prize (11-5, 11-3, 11-8).

Success for China in the Junior Girls’ Singles event, in the Cadet Girls’ Singles it was success for Australia. Parleen Kaur emerged victorious accounting for New Zealand’s Zhou Jiayi in the final (12-10, 11-9, 11-4), having in the penultimate round beaten colleague Danni-Elle Townsend (11-8, 13-11, 11-7). In the counterpart semi-final, Zhou Jiayi had overcome New Caledonia’s Lorie La (11-8, 11-3, 11-4).

Meanwhile, in the Cadet Girls’ Doubles event, play organised on a group basis, Fiji’s Filomena Duncan and Loata Duncan finished in first place ahead of New Zealand’s Emily Jin and Lydia Mercer-Beumelburg. The combination of New Caledonia’s Lorie La and the Cook Islands’ Marenga Tua concluded matters in third position.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Cook Islands Junior & Cadet Open Dai Tian

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