25 Aug 2018

Quarter-final places at stake, as play unfolded on Saturday 25th August at the 2018 Chinese Taipei Junior and Cadet Open, for the hosts there was notable success; they reserved five places.

However, it was the names from foreign shores that attracted the attention; the Korea Republic’s Byun Seoyoung and Kim Nayeong alongside Japan’s Miwa Harimoto.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Byun Seoyoung is the senior member of the group, she is 14 years old, Kim Nayeong is one year younger; Miwa Harimoto, the younger sister of Tomokazu, is only 10 years of age!

All three booked their quarter-final places courtesy of success against host association opposition; the pick of the performances being that of Kim Nayeong. She beat Fang Sih-Han (2-11, 11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 11-4, 11-5), the winner one week earlier in El Salvador.

Likewise, Byun Seoyoung accounted for a name in form, first place in her initial stage group the previous day ahead of Chinese Taipei’s Su Pei-Ling, the top seed, she ended the hopes of Cai Fong-En, also from Chinese Taipei (11-9, 6-11, 11-1, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9). Notably in the opening round Cai Fong-En had beaten Hong Kong’s Chau Wing Sze, the no.2 seed (11-6, 14-12, 6-11, 7-11, 11-3, 12-10).

A hard fought second round win for Byun Seoyoung; it was the same for Miwa Harimoto, she beat the host association’s Chang Ju-Chia in seven games (10-12, 6-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 14-12, 11-8).

Success for visitors, in the remaining second round Junior Girls’ Singles matches it was success for the hosts with Huang Yu-Jie and Yu Hsiu-Ting causing the upsets. Huang Yu-Jie overcame colleague Wen Ruei-Ling, the no.8 seed (11-7, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9), Yu Hsiu-Ting accounted for Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Yee, the no.5 seed (11-6, 4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7).

Wins against the odds; for Su Pei-Ling, Chen Ting-Ting and Tsai Yu-Chin it was as per status.

After accounting for Hong Kong’s Wong Chin Yau, the no.4 seed, in the opening round (11-4, 11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 6-11, 9-11, 11-2), Su Pei-Ling overcame colleague Chien Tung-Chuan (9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 9-11, 11-6).

Similarly, Chen Ting-Ting the no.3 seed, beat Japan’s Reina Aso (11-7, 11-8, 4-11, 10-12, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10), who one round earlier had ousted India’s Selena Selvakumar, the no.5 seed (11-9, 8-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-5). Meanwhile, Tsai Yu-Chin, the no.8 seed, ended the hopes of colleague Hsu Yi-Chen (6-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 14-12).

Prominent in the Junior Girls’ Singles event, the hosts are even more prominent in the Junior Girls’ Doubles quarter-finals; they field five of the eight pairs.

Chen Ting-Ting and Su Pei-Ling meet Singapore’s Goi Rui Xuan and Wong Xin Rau; Fang Sih-Han and Tsai Yu-Chin face Ser Lin Qian and Zhou Jingyi, also from Singapore. Meanwhile, in the opposite half of the draw, Cai Fong-En and Wen Ruei-Ling confront colleagues Chang Ju-Chia and Fang Ting-Li; Chien Tung-Chien and Yu Hsiu-Ting play Hong Kong’s Chau Wing Sze and Lee Ka Yee.

Proceedings at the 2018 Chinese Taipei Junior and Cadet Open conclude on Sunday 26th August.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Chinese Taipei Junior & Cadet Open Miwa Harimoto Byun Seoyoung Kim Nayeong

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