25 Aug 2018

Impressive at the recently concluded Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Myanmar, when she reached the semi-final stage of the Cadet Girls’ Singles event, Korea Republic’s Byun Seoyoung emerged the player to cause the biggest upset, as play commenced in the group phase of the Junior Girls’ Singles event at the 2018 Chinese Taipei Junior and Cadet Open on Friday 24th August.

The 13 year old beat the host association’s Su Pei-Ling, the top seed in four games (5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6).

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Furthermore Su Pei-Ling was a player in form; on the opening two days of the tournament she had remained unbeaten guiding Chinese Taipei to gold.

Defeat but the door is not closed for Su Pei-Ling; in her opening contest she beat Faith Tung of the United States (11-9, 11-5, 11-5). Players finishing in first and second positions in each group advance to the main draw; in the concluding match in the group Byun Seoyoung faces Faith Tung.

A fine performance from Byun Seoyoung, it was the same from the host association’s Fang Sih-Han and Cai Fong-En alongside, Japan’s Miwa Harimoto and Reina Aso. Similarly Hong Kong’s Chelsea Chan Shiu Lam excelled. All remained unbeaten, all overcame seeded adversaries.

After accounting for Korea Republic’s Heo Yeeun (11-6, 11-6, 11-3), Fang Sih-Han beat India’s Selena Selvakumar, the no.6 seed (11-4, 11-5, 14-12), replicating the form she had displayed last week when winning in El Salvador.

Problems for Selena Selvakumar, they were even greater for Canada’s Isabelle Xiong, the no.11 seed. She was beaten by both Chelsea Chan Shiu Lam (10-12, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8) and Reina Aso (11-8, 11-3, 11-6). Likewise, Chinese Taipei’s Chen Tzu-Ting suffered at the hands of both Reina Aso (11-9, 11-6, 11-9) and Chelsea Chan Shiu Lam (11-5, 11-7, 13-11); thus both Chelsea Chan Shiu Lam and Reina Aso, who meet to decide first place, are assured of progress to the main draw.

Good form, it was the same from Cai Fong-En; after accounting for Japan’s Mao Takamori (11-7, 11-1, 11-6), she overcame Singapore’s Zhou Jingyi (10-12, 11-4, 11-9, 11-2). However, the door to the second stage is still open for Zhou Jingyi; in her opening contest she beat Korea Republic’s Yoo Yerin (11-3, 11-1, 11-4).

Meanwhile, other than for Su Pei-Ling and Selena Selvakumar, it was a successful day for the leading names; notably Hong Kong’s Chau Wing Sze, Wong Chin Yau and Lee Ka Yee remained unbeaten, as did Chinese Taipei’s Chen Ting-Ting, Wen Ruei-Ling and Tsai Yu-Chin.

Play in the group phase of the Junior Girls’ Singles event concludes on Saturday 25th August.

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