04 Jul 2018

Top seeds and clear favourites for gold, the host nation trio formed by Shi Xunyao, Zhang Binyue and Wu Yanchen experienced minimal problems on the opening day of play, Wednesday 4th July, in the Junior Girls’ Team event at the 2018 China Junior and Cadet Open in Taicang.

However, for the second seeded Hong Kong partnership comprising Chau Wing Sze and Lee Ka Yee, it was a very different story.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In a group organised event of four teams, Shi Xunyao, Zhang Binyue and Wu Yanchen successfully posted a three-nil win against the combination of Japan’s Hina Kizuka and New Zealand’s Vong Hui Ling, before recording the same margin of victory when opposing Japan’s Moe Nomura, Haruna Ojio and Yua Yamasaki.

“It was a tough match against Japan; we were down in the doubles but remained calm. Tomorrow we play Hong Kong, they are skilful. We must progress step by step and make sure we are prepared.” Zhang Binyue

Alas for Chau Wing Sze and Lee Ka Yee it was the reverse scenario.

Facing Japan, a three-nil defeat was experienced. Chau Wing Sze was beaten by Moe Nomura (8-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7), Lee Ka Yee suffered at the hands of Haruna Ojio (12-10, 11-6, 11-3), before a doubles reverse when confronting Moe Nomura and Yua Yamasaki (11-6, 13-11, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10) ended matters.

Defeat against Japan, in the ensuing contest it was a three-two defeat at the hands of Hina Kizuka and Vong Hui Ling.

Lee Ka Yee beat both Vong Hui Ling (8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-2) and Hina Kizuka (11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 15-13) but that was the sum total of Hong Kong success. Chau Wing Sze lost to Hina Kizuka (11-5, 11-9, 11-9), before in the vital fifth and concluding match of the fixture experiencing defeat at the hands of Vong Hui Ling (12-10, 11-9, 11-9). Earlier in the third match of the engagement, the Hong Kong duo had suffered defeat in the doubles contest in four games (11-6, 11-5, 5-11, 11-5).

“I was a little nervous, I have never experienced such a situation, having to win the last match; I will continue to try my best and spare no effort.” Vong Hui Ling

In the concluding fixtures to be played on Thursday 5th July, China faces Hong Kong, Japan opposes the combination of Vong Hui Ling and Hina Kizuka.

World Junior Circuit 2018 China Junior & Cadet Open Lee Ka Yee Chau Wing Sze

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