10 Aug 2018

Success at the recent 2018 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open, play concluding in the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Sunday 5th August, China’s Xu Haidong climbs the ITTF World Junior Circuit Standings; he advances four places and now occupies the no.2 spot (4,160 points).

Meanwhile, the winner of the counterpart Junior Girls’ Singles title, colleague, Shi Xunyao retains top spot on the listings (6,460 points) being clear of the field.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Both listings continue to be dominated by China with the most significant progress being made by Liu Yebo, beaten by Xu Haidong in the Hong Kong final, he climbs from no.29 to no.10 (1,960 points).

Notably Yu Heyi, who earlier in the year won in both the Czech Republic and in France, continues in top spot (4,274 points); for compatriots Xiang Peng (3,800 points), Yuan Licen (3,136 points) and Xu Yingbin (2,986 points), the players who complete the top five names, it is a drop of one place.

Likewise, Japan’s Kakeru Sone falls one place to no.6 (2,800 points); meanwhile Iran’s Amin Ahmadian continues at no.7 (2,610 points) as do the next two names in the order or merit. China’s Kuang Li is at no.8 (2,272 points); Singapore’s Pang Yew En Koen at no.9 (2,148 points).

Notable progress for Liu Yebo; in the Girls’ Standings, the player to make the most significant progress is Japan’s Haruna Ojio. A semi-finalist in Hong Kong, she climbs from no.11 to no.7 (2.294 points).

The places above all remain the same; beaten by Shi Xunyao in the Hong Kong final, colleague Qian Tianyi remains at no.2 (4,510 points), followed by Huang Fanzhen (3,500 points) and Zhang Binyue (3,148 points) also from China. Poland’s Ann Wegrzyn continues in the no.5 spot (2,498 points) with Japan’s Yukari Sugasawa (2,475 points) once again being the next in line.

China’s Chen Yi (2,284 points), Chinese Taipei’s Chen Ting-Ting (2,010 points) and Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz (1,925 points) complete the top 10 names; each drops one position.

Places in the end of programme ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals for 16 boys and 16 girls at stake; there will unquestionably be invitations for China but a national association is only permitted a maximum of two players in each of the Boys’ Singles and Girls’ Singles events.

Furthermore, each continent – Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, Oceania – is eligible to be represented by one player in each event. Additionally to qualify a player is required to compete in a minimum of two continents.

2018 ITTF World Junior Circuit: Boys’ Standings following 2018 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open

2018 ITTF World Junior Circuit: Girls’ Standings following 2018 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open

World Junior Circuit Shi Xunyao Xu Haidong