06 Jul 2018

An early exit one year ago in Taicang, no progress beyond the group stage of proceedings; one year later on Friday 6th July at the 2018 China Junior and Cadet Open, the fortunes were much better for Thailand’s Sitisak Nuchchart.

In the group stage of the Cadet Boys’ Singles event, he accounted for Panama’s Jacobo Vahnish, the top seed (11-9, 11-9, 11-9).

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Defeat for Jacobo Vahnish but all is not lost; players finishing in first and second positions in each of the ten groups advance to the main draw. In his second match of the day, Jacobo Vahnish beat Scotland’s Chen Borui (11-5, 11-4, 11-4).

Sitisak Nuchchart now meets Chen Borui to determine the final order.

A place in the main draw still a possibility for Jacobo Vahnish; for Iran’s Radin Khayyam and China’s Chen Yuanyu, alongside Hong Kong’s Yu Nok and Baldwin Chan Ho Wak, progress lies very much in the balance.

Radin Khayyam, the no.3 seed, beat Thailand’s Chayanont Kulvipachwattana (11-3, 11-4, 11-3) but then suffered defeats at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Tsai Kai-Cheng (7-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-7) and when facing New Zealand’s Nathan Xu (11-7, 11-6, 12-10). Tsai Kai-Cheng ended the day the one unbeaten player in the group; in the opening match of the schedule, he overcame Nathan Xu (11-9, 12-10, 11-5).

“I was not feeling very well, I am not really satisfied with how I played; I must now calm down.” Nathan Xu.

Somewhat similarly, Chen Yuanyu, the no.8 seed, lost to Japan’s Ryoichi Yoshiyama (11-9, 12-10, 11-7) and Australia’s Nicholas Lum (2-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-13, 11-8). Ryoichi Yoshiyama, having beaten Chinese Taipei’s Wang Chen-You (12-10, 11-3, 7-11, 11-7), remains the one unbeaten player in the group.

Troubled times for Chen Yuanyu, it was the same for Yu Nok, the no.9 seed and Baldwin Chan Ho Wak, the no.10 seed. Yu Nok beat Chinese Taipei’s Chueh Chuang-Ting (11-5, 12-10, 4-11, 11-6) but then lost to China’s Chen Yaxuan (11-6, 5-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4), the one player in the group to remain unbeaten. In the opening match of the campaign, he accounted for Haruki Haradi (7-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-3, 13-11).

Likewise Baldwin Chan Ho Wak, experienced defeat at the hands of Japan’s Rikuto Maede (8-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6), before overcoming Australia’s Finn Luu (11-8, 11-7, 5-11, 11-4). Chinese Taipei’s Kuo Yu-Ling is the one player in the group to remain unbeaten; he accounted for both Finn Luu (11-8, 11-7, 5-11, 11-4) and Rikuto Maede (4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 14-12).

Problems for notable names, for the remaining seeded players in the Cadet Boys’ Singles group stage, life was less fraught. China’s Kuang Li and Tao Yuchang duly topped their groups, as did Japan’s Kazuki Hamada alongside Hong Kong’s Yiu Kwan To and Choy Chun Kit.

Meanwhile, in the Mini-Cadet Boys’ Singles event, Yu Nok alongside Australia’s Nicholas Lum and Iran’s Mohammad Amin Samadi ended the day unbeaten; Mohammad Amin Samadi being the player to cause an upset. He beat Sweden’s Elias Sjögren, the no.3 seed (11-3, 11-9, 11-9).

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 Sitisak Nuchchart

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