17 Aug 2018

Command performances from start to finish, the Chinese Taipei combination formed by Kao Min-Chi and Tai Ming-Wei dominated proceedings in the Junior Boys’ Team event at the 2018 El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open in San Salvador; they reserved the top step of the podium on Thursday 16th August, securing victory in every contest by the maximum three-nil margin.

It was yet another performance that demonstrates the high standards witnessed in East Asia.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The no.2 seeds, at the final hurdle, the top seeded Canadian pairing of Alexander Bu and Jeremy Hazin found Kao Min-Chi and Tai Ming-Wei in unforgiving mood.

However, they did achieve what no other outfit achieved; they managed to extend the champions elect to a deciding game, a fact that reflects the control the Chinese Taipei duo exerted.

After Kao Min-Chi had beaten Jeremy Hazin (9-11, 11-7, 11-8) and Tai Ming-Wei had prevailed against Alexander Bu (11-8, 11-4, 12-10), in desperate effort the gain a degree of consolation, the Canadians extended their illustrious adversaries to five games in the doubles contest (9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6).

Convincing, earlier for Kao Min-Chi and Tai Ming-Wei it had been just the same. At the quarter-final stage they beat the Guatemala ‘A’ Team pairing of Leonel Barrios and Kevin Ruano, the no.9 seeds, prior to overcoming the Dominican Republic’s Pedro Cabrera and Rafael Cabrera, the no.4 seeds, in a similarly imposing manner.

Impressive, en route to the final it had been exactly the same from Alexander Bu and Jeremy Hazin.

Three-nil wins had been posted in each engagement on the opening day of play in the group stage, it was the same at the quarter and semi-final rounds, as the hopes of the host nation were quashed.

A resounding win was recorded against the no.12 seeds the El Salvador ‘D’ Team pairing of Cidenim Martinez and Celvin Perez, prior to a place in the final being reserved courtesy of success in opposition to the no.3 seeds, the El Salvador ‘A’ Team combination of Diego Orantes and Oscar Villalta.

Play in the Junior Boys’ Team event concluded, a clean sweep for Chinese Taipei having also struck gold in the Junior Girls’, Cadet Boys’ and Cadet Girls’ Team events, attention now turns to the individual competitions.

The curtain closes in San Salvador on Sunday 12th August.

World Junior Circuit 2018 El Salvador Junior & Cadet Open Tai Ming-Wei Jeremy Hazin Kao Min-Chi Alexander Bu

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