19 Aug 2018

Successful earlier in the week capturing both the Junior Boys’ Team and Junior Girls’ Team titles at the 2018 El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open, staged in the country’s capital city of San Salvador; on the penultimate day of play, Saturday 18th August, Chinese Taipei doubled the total.

They won both the Junior Boys’ Doubles and Junior Girls’ Doubles events.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In fact in both competitions they provided the winners and runners up.

Never seriously troubled, Kao Min-Chi and Tai Ming-Wei won the Junior Boys’ Doubles title beating Wang Chen-You and Yang Tsan-Wei in the final (11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10), having in the penultimate round ended the hopes of the host nation’s Diego Orantes and Oscar Villalta (11-5, 11-3, 11-7).

Impressive, it was only in the final when Kao Min-Chi and Tai Ming-Wei surrendered a single game; for Wang Chen-You and Yang Tsan-Wei it was somewhat different. In the second round, they were stretched the full five games by Canada’s Alexander Bu and Jeremy Hazin (11-3, 6-11, 14-12, 5-11, 11-8).

A difficult hurdle overcome, they recorded a straight games win against El Salvador’s Diego Castellano and Enze Leiva (11-2, 11-6, 11-3), followed by a similar margin of victory when facing Guatemala’s Leonel Barrios and Kevin Ruano (11-6, 11-7, 11-8) to book their place in the final.

Testing times for Wang Chen-You and Yang Tsan-Wei; in the Junior Girls’ Doubles event there were no such problems for Fang Sih-Han and Tsai Yu-Chin, nor for Chen Tsai-Ni and Liu Ru-Yun.

Fang Sih-Han and Tsai Yu-Chin emerged as the eventual champions accounting for Ava Fu and Lavanya Maruthapandi of the United States in the penultimate round (11-5, 11-8, 11-9), prior to overcoming Chen Tsai-Ni and Liu Ru-Yun to secure the title (7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6). In the counterpart semi-final, Chen Tsai-Ni and Liu Ru-Yun had ended the progress of the Latin American combination formed by Peru’s Alessandra Cisneros and Guatemala’s Mercedes Mendizabal (11-6, 11-9, 11-7).

Play in El Salvador concludes on Sunday 19th August.

World Junior Circuit 2018 El Salvador Junior & Cadet Open Tai Ming-Wei Tsai Yu-Chin Fang Sih-Han Kao Min-Chi

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