28 Jul 2018

A semi-finalist last year in Hong Kong but never in an ITTF World Junior Circuit Girls’ Singles final, Chinese Taipei’s Chen Ting-Ting made the breakthrough on Friday 27th July at the 2018 Jordan Junior and Cadet Open in Amman.

Not only did she reserve her place in the title deciding contest, she emerged the winner and thus justified her top seeded place.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Furthermore in partnership with Cai Fong-En, the duo secured the Junior Girls’ Doubles title; at the final hurdle they accounted for China’s Sui Xiaoran and Zhang Yulei (11-7, 13-15, 11-7, 11-8).

Success in the final of the Junior Girls’ Doubles event in four games, in the final of the Junior Girls’ Singles competition, life was somewhat more exacting. She beat colleague, Fang Sih-Han, the winner two years ago in Amman in six games to arrest the title (9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7, 11-3, 11-.6).

The win came after in the later rounds, Chen Ting-Ting had ended the hopes of India. At the quarter-final stage she beat Surbi Patwari, the no.10 seed (11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5) prior to overcoming Selena Selvakumar, the no.2 seed, in the penultimate round (11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 7-11, 4-11, 11-6). The previous day Selena Selvakumar had finished in second place in her group behind colleague Suhara Saini; thus the reason for the earlier than scheduled meeting.

First place in the group for Suhara Saini and thus a direct entry to the quarter-finals but that was where progress ended; she was beaten by Fang Shih-Han (11-7, 11-7, 11-1, 11-5) who duly reserved her place in the final courtesy of success in opposition to Prapti Sen, the no.4 seed (11-4, 11-7, 11-13, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9).

Notably, one round earlier Prapti Sen had beaten Indian colleague, Yashini Sivasankar (7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 14-12, 11-6) the winner the previous year.

Individual events now concluded, attention turns to the team competitions. Play concludes on Sunday 29th July.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Jordan Junior & Cadet Open Chen Ting-Ting

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