20 Aug 2018

Success for Jayden Zhou of the United States, hard fought success; on the concluding day of action, Sunday 19th August, the 13 year old born in January 2005, prevented a clean sweep of titles by Chinese Taipei at the 2018 El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open.

He won the Mini-Cadet Boys’ Singles event.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Safely through to the main draw, he accounted for the Dominican Republic’s Rafael Cabrera (11-1, 11-6, 11-3), before overcoming colleague, Ved Sheth by the very narrowest of margins (11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9) and in a similar manner, Chinese Taipei’s Yang Tsan-Wei (9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8) to arrest the title.

In the opposite half of the draw, Yang Tsan-Wei had ended the hopes of Puerto Rico; at the quarter-final stage he had beaten Jeriel Lopez (11-2, 11-3, 11-8), prior to accounting for Oscar Birriel (11-3, 13-15, 11-7, 11-2).

Success for United States in the Mini-Cadet Boys’ Singles event, in the counterpart Mini-Cadet Girls’ Singles competition there was also a most creditable performance from a young lady who had travelled south.

Purvi Soni finished the day in runners up spot, losing to Chinese Taipei’s Liu Ru-Yun (11-5, 11-6, 11-4), having earlier in the day overcome El Salvador’s Valeria Regalado (5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5) and Puerto Rico’s Kristal Melendez (9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-8). In the opposite half of the draw, Liu Ru-Yun had halted Puerto Rican progress. She beat Brianna Burgos (11-6, 11-4, 11-4) and Edmarie Leon (11-7, 11-4, 11-7).

Meanwhile, in the Cadet Boys’ Singles event, it was gold for Chinese Taipei but the brightly shining medal was hard earned.

Wang Chen-You emerged successful beating Jonathan Qin of the United States in the final in three straight games (11-8, 11-7, 11-7). However, earlier in the proceedings, at the quarter-final stage, he had been extended the full distance by Peru’s Carlos Fernandez (8-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8), prior to reserving his place in the final courtesy of success against Brazil’s Kenzo Carmo (11-3, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3).

Testing times for Wang Chen-You; in the later stages life was not quite so tense for Jonathan Qin. In the round of the last eight he beat colleague Sahil Puri (12-10, 11-6, 9-11, 11-2), prior to ousting Peru’s Joel Cisneros (11-7, 11-8, 2-11, 11-3).

Gold for Chinese Taipei in the Cadet Boys’ Singles event, in the Cadet Girls’ Singles, it was both gold and silver; at the final hurdle Chen Tsai-Ni beat Liu Ru-Yun (11-5, 11-6, 11-4) to reserve the top step of the podium.

Earlier, Chen Tsai-Ni had beaten Puerto Rico’s Edmarie Leon (11-2, 11-2, 11-5), prior to overcoming Lavanya Maruthapandian of the United States (11-4, 7-11, 11-6); in the opposite half of the draw, in the later rounds Liu Ru-Yun had accounted for Puerto Rico’s Kassandra Maldonado (11-6, 11-13, 11-8, 11-8) and Purvi Soni of the United States (11-5, 12-10, 11-6).

Success for Chinese Taipei, attention now turns to home soil; the 2018 Chinese Taipei Junior and Cadet Open commences on Wednesday 22nd August.

World Junior Circuit 2018 El Salvador Junior & Cadet Open Jayden Zhou

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