04 Aug 2018

China’s Qian Tianyi and Shi Xunyao, the respective top two seeds in the Junior Girls’ Singles event imposed their authority on proceeding on the penultimate day of action, Saturday 4th August, at the 2018 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open.

Both progressed to the semi-final stage as well as together doing exactly the same in the Junior Girls’ Doubles event.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Straight games wins witnessed quarter-final Junior Girls’ Singles success for both Qian Tianyi and Shi Xunyao; Qian Tanyi beat Hong Kong’s Wong Chin Yau, the no.6 seed (11-3, 11-3, 11-7, 11-8), Shi Xunyao accounted for Japan’s Fuwa Yumoto (11-7, 11-7, 11-3, 11-4).

Likewise, Chinese Taipei’s Su Pei-Ling, the no.3 seed, reserved her semi-final place is style; in the round of the last eight, she overcame Hong Kong’s Chau Wing Sze, the no.5 seed (11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-6).

However, there was one surprise name amongst the last four but judging by her efforts the previous day when she had beaten Wei Ruei-Ling, the no.7 seed (11-7, 11-4, 6-11, 11-8) and like Su Pei-Ling from Chinese, it was no surprise at all. Japan’s Haruna Ojio was the player in question. The no.14 seed, she accounted for Angie Tan of the United States, the no.19 seed (11-9, 11-1, 11-4, 11-7), prior to ousting a player very much in form.

She caused Chinese Taipei more problems by defeating Tsai Yu-Chin, the no.10 seed (11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-3), the second round winner in opposition to Thailand’s Jinnipoa Sawettabut, the no.4 seed (11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3).

At the semi-final stage Qian Tianyi meets Haruna Ojio, Su Pei-Ling faces Shi Xunyao.

Just one surprise semi-finalists according to seeding, in the Junior Girls’ Doubles it was twice the number. Similar to Qian Tianyi and Shi Xunyao, Hong Kong’s Fung Wai Chu and Wong Chin Yau, the no.4 seeds, progressed and now meet in the semi-finals; in the opposite half of the draw life proved very different.

The combination of Singapore’s Jassy Tan Lin Jin and Chinese Taipei’s Wen Ruei-Ling face the outfit formed by India’s Swastika Ghosh and Singapore’s Zhou Jingyi.

Both pairs caused major upsets, at the quarter-final stage Jassy Tan Lin Jin and Wen Ruei-Ling, the no.7 seeds, beat Hong Kong’s Chau Wing Sze and Lee Ka Yee, the no.2 seeds (11-7, 12-10, 6-11, 12-10). One round earlier Swastika Gosh and Zhou Jingyi, the no.9 seeds, had ousted Su Pei-Ling and Chinese Taipei colleague, Tsai Yu-Chin, the no.3 seeds 11-4, 9-11, 13-11, 11-6), before overcoming China’s Chen Yi and Zhang Binyue, the no.6 seeds (13-11, 7-11, 11-3, 15-13) to reserve their semi-final place.

Proceedings in Hong Kong close on Sunday 5th August.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open Shi Xunyao Qian Tianyi Su Pei-Ling Haruna Ojio

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