28 Jul 2018

Winner last year in Szombathely at the Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open; on Friday 27th July, Chinese Taipei’s Li Hsin-Yu repeated the success in Amman.

Just as in the European country some eight months earlier, at the 2018 Jordan Junior and Cadet Open, he secured the Cadet Boys’ Singles title.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

A first appearance of the year on the ITTF World Junior Circuit, safely through to the quarter-final stage of proceedings, the no.2 seed, he captured the top prize at the final expense of Iran’s Radin Khayyam, the no.5 seed (5-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4), having earlier in the day experienced a most exacting examination.

In his opening encounter, he was stretched the full five games distance by Iran’s Mobin Alipourghalehjough (7-11, 13-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8), a player new to the international scene and with no current world ranking. Hard fought success but the end result a semi-final place; rather less testing he beat colleague Wang Guan-Ru, also a player with no global standing, in three straight games (11-6, 11-8, 11-8) to reserve his place in the title decider.

Testing times for Li Hsin-Yu; at the quarter-final stage, Radin Khayyam also experienced some concerns, he needed four games to beat India’s Dev Shroff, the no.6 seed (11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7), prior to overcoming colleague Mohammadjavad Sohrabi in three straight games to reserve his place in the final (11-6, 11-9, 11-4). Similar to Mobin Alipourghalehjough, Mohammadjavad Sohrabi is new to the international scene.

Defeat for Dev Shroff at the hands of Li Hsin-Yu but there was a degree of consolation; partnering colleague Deepit Patil, the duo secured the Cadet Boys’ Doubles title. In the final they beat Li Hsin-Yu and Wang Guan-Ru by the very narrowest of decisions (9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11).

Silver for Iran in the Cadet Boys’ Singles event; in the Hopes Boys’ Singles category it was gold; Navid Shams, the top seed, secured the title, in the final he beat India’d Rajveer Vishal Shah (5-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-5).

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

World Junior Circuit 2018 Jordan Junior & Cadet Open Li Hsin-Yu

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