06 Jul 2018

Winner of the Cadet Boys’ Singles title on the 2017 ITTF World Junior Circuit in Australia; New Zealand’s Nathan Xu was very much the player to impress as matters commenced in the Junior Boys’ Singles event at the 2018 China Junior and Cadet Open in Taicang on Friday 6th July.

No current world ranking, the 14 year old, with one match still to play, ended the day unbeaten in the group stage of proceedings.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Impressively he accounted for both Hong Kong’s Cheng Pak Hei (11-7, 11-5, 12-10) and Chinese Taipei’s Chueh Chuang-Ting (8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7), to end the day as the one member of the group without a defeat against his name.

One match remaining, he confronts Iran’s Raddim Khayyam, the no.10 seed, a player who in his opening contests experienced mixed fortunes. He was beaten by Chueh Chuang-Ting (11-8, 11-3, 11-9), prior to overcoming Cheng Pak Hei (11-6, 11-6, 11-7).

Problems for Raddim Khayyam; there were also troubles for colleague Amin Ahmadian, the top seed and for Panama’s Jacobo Vahnish, the no.7 seed. Amin Ahmadian survived, alas for Jacobo Vahnish it was the end of the road.

After overcoming Hong Kong’s Yu Kwan To (11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6); Amin Ahmadian needed the full five games to beat China’s Tao Yuchang (12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 10-12, 11-3). Conversely for Jacobo Vahnish, he was beaten by China’s Han Xingyuan (11-8, 11-7, 11-3) and by Frenchman, Dorian Zheng (12-10, 12-10, 11-3), the player with whom he had reached the semi-final round of the Junior Boys’ Team event the previous day.

Disappointments for Jacobo Vahnish and Raddim Khayyam; for the other leading names it was a day with defeat and no great moments of anguish.

China’s Yuan Licen, Kuang Li, Quan Kaiyuan and Cao Yantao duly remained unbeaten, as did Japan’s Kakeru Sone, Hiroto Shinozuka and Kazuki Hamada.

Play continues in the Cadet Boys’ Singles and Min Cadet Boys’ Singles events on Saturday 7th July, the final will be played on Sunday 8th July.

World Junior Circuit 2018 China Junior & Cadet Open Nathan Xu

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