25 Aug 2018

A surprise first place in his group the previous day, the host association’s Huang Yu-Jen alongside Japan’s Atsuhiro Horikawa, who had secured second position, emerged the surprise quarter-finalists in the Junior Boys’ Singles event, at the close of play on Saturday 25th August at the 2018 Chinese Taipei Junior and Cadet Open.

Notably both had started the tournament as the lowest rated in their respective groups; neither possesses a current world ranking.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Huang Yu-Jen booked his place in the round of the last eight courtesy of success in opposition to Portugal’s Tiago Li, the no.7 seed (11-5, 11-2, 11-3, 11-5); in a somewhat closer duel, Atsuhiro Horikawa accounted for Hong Kong’s Choy Chun Kit (22-24, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 15-13, 11-8).

Success for Japan, there was further success for the Land of the Rising Sun but there was also defeat.

Takeru Kashiwa reserved his last eight place by beating Hong Kong’s Yu Nok (11-8, 12-10, 10-12, 9-11, 14-16, 11-4, 11-9) but Aoto Asazu, the no.6 seed, experienced an opening round defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Tai Ming-Wei, the no.5 seed (12-10, 11-9, 12-10, 5-11, 11-10). The previous day, Tai Ming-Wei, the winner last week in El Salvador, had finished in second place in his group.

A place in the quarter-finals for Tai Ming-Wei it was the same for his colleagues Feng Yi-Hsin and Li Hsin-Yang. Feng Yi-Hsin reserved his last eight place courtesy of success against colleague Wei Cheng-Ting (12-10, 11-8, 11-7, 11-5), Li Hsin-Yang, the no.2 seed, overcame Japan’s Sora Matsushima (11-3, 11-6, 11-9, 13-15, 11-4).

Similar to Japan there were mixed fortunes for Iran. Amirreza Abbasi, the no.8 seed, beat Singapore’s Josh Chua Shao Han (11-5, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9) to reserve a quarter-final place; for colleague Radim Khayyam, it was defeat at the hands of Singapore’s Pang Yew En Koen, the no.3 seed (11-5, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9).

Meanwhile, in the Junior Boys’ Doubles event, Chinese Taipei is very much on course for podium places.

At the quarter-final stage Feng Yi-Hsin and Li Hsin-Yang meet colleagues Huang Yu-Jen and Lin Yung-Chin; Chen Jun-Ting and Chen Liang-Yu opposes Pang Yew En-Koean and Singaporean colleague, Dominic Koh Song Jun. In the opposite half of the draw Chang Chi-Pin and Chang Jui-Chen face Aoto Asazu and Takeru Kashiwa; in the one duel not involving Chinese Taipei, Singapore’s Josh Chua Shao Han and Gerald Yu Zong Jun meet Japan’s Atsuhiro Horikawa and Hiromu Kobayashi.

Play at the 2018 Chinese Taipei Junior and Cadet Open concludes on Sunday 26th August.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Chinese Taipei Junior & Cadet Open Huang Yu-Jen Atsuhiro Horikawa

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