02 Aug 2018

Imposing performances, the Chinese trio comprising Qian Tianyi, Shi Xunyao and Zhang Binyue proved a class apart on the first two days of play at the 2018 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open.

On Thursday 2nd August, after having finished in first place in the group the previous day, without surrendering a single individual match, they continued the same policy in the main draw.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The only threats to their superiority came from Lee Ka Yee in the semi-final contest against Hong Kong ‘A’, the no.2 seeds and from Wen Ruei-Ling in the final when facing Chinese Taipei, the no.3 seeds.

Lee Ka Yee led Shi Xunyao by two games to nil before eventually experiencing defeat by the minimal two point margin (9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9), the success for the champions elect coming after Qian Tianyi had beaten Wong Chin Yau (11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7) and before Zhang Binyue ended matters by overcoming Chau Wing Sze (12-10, 11-5, 11-6).

Similarly, in the final, following success for Qian Tianyi against Tsai Yu-Chin (11-7, 11-4, 11-1) in the opening match of the contest and for Shi Xunyao in opposition to Su Pei-Ling (11-9, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7); like Lee Ka Yee, Wen Ruei-Ling experienced defeat by the very minimal margin (11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 12-10, 12-10).

Convincing from the Chinese trio, for Su Pei-Ling, Tsai Yu-Chin and Wen Ruei-Ling, life was more testing. At the quarter-final stage, they were extended the full five match distance by the no.6 seeds, Japan’s Kaho Akae, Haruna Ojio and Fuwa Yumoto; the player to cause the problems being Haruna Ojio, she beat both Tsai Yu-Chin (11-8, 11-3, 11-2) and Su Pei-Ling (8-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8).

A place in the semi-final booked, a three-nil win was posted against the no.7 seeds, the Singapore ‘B’ Team trio of Pearlyn Koh Kai Xin, Zhang Wanling and Tan En Hui; the team that had surprisingly finished in first place in their initial phase group ahead of Chau Wing Sze, Lee Ka Yee and Wong Chin Yau

Play concluded in the Junior Girls’ Team event, attention now focuses on the individual events.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open Shi Xunyao Qian Tianyi Zhang Binyue

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