by Ian Marshall, Editor
Success in Indore, also earlier this year Li Hsin-Yang reached the quarter-final round of the Junior Boys’ Singles event in Poland; in Amman he is joined by colleague Tai Ming-Wei, who has yet to assert himself at international junior level but has enjoyed Cadet Boys’ Singles successful. Impressively he won in 2016 on home soil as well as in India and Slovakia.
In Amman he is the no.5 seed, one place behind Snehit Suravajjula and one ahead of Jeet Chandra, the two Indian players who last year contested the Junior Boys’ Singles final with the former emerging victorious.
Both will be seeking repeat performances but may well find a colleague blocking their path. Manush Utpalbai Shah, the runner up in India in 2016 and earlier this year in Tunisia, is the no.2 seed. He is listed one position ahead of Iran’s Amin Ahmadian, very much a young man who this year has made his presence felt with his fighting spirit and endless determination.
In early February he was a semi-finalist in Oman, one month later, he won in Tunisia. At the Jordan Junior and Cadet Open he is supported by colleague, Amirreza Abbasi, a semi-finalist in Tunisia, in Amman the no.8 seed.
Strong challenges from Chinese Taipei, India and Iran; for the host nation Khaled Khader flies the flag; a semi-finalist in the Cook Islands, he is the no.7 seed.