25 Aug 2018

Long journeys but for Belgium’s Adrien Rassenfosse, alongside the Iranian duo of Radin Khayyam and Navid Shams, there was a reward; all three reserved quarter-places in the Cadet Boys’ Singles event at the 2018 Chinese Taipei Junior and Cadet Open, following fine performances on Saturday 25th August.

Furthermore, the two young men from Iran also booked a semi-final Cadet Boys’ Doubles place, as did Adrien Rassenfosse when partnering colleague Nicolas Degros.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Adrien Rassenfosse, the top seed, reserved his place in the last eight by overcoming Singapore’s Andy Wong Yan Kai, the no.6 seed (11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 5-11, 11-7) who, the previous day, had finished in second place in his group.

A hard fought win to secure progress, it was the same from Navid Shams, the no.3 seed. He accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Li Yan-Jun (7-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5); similarly, Radin Khayyan, the no.5 seed,  ended the hopes of Kuo Chia-Hung, like Li Yan-Jun from Chinese Taipei (11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6).

Good form, it was same in the Cadet Boys’ Doubles event. Radin Khayyan and Navid Shams reserved their place in the semi-finals by overcoming Korea Republic’s Jung Seongwo and Kim Junhyeok (11-7, 14-16, 11-7, 11-6) and now meet Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chia-Chuan and Kao Cheng-Jui.

Similarly, Nicolas Degros and Adrien Rassenfosse emerged successful in their quarter-final duel in five games; they accounted for the combination of Thailand’s Chetthanabodi Chanpen and Canada’s Glacier Sung (11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 12-10). They now face Huang Yan-Cheng and Li Hsin-Yu in an event where Chinese Taipei is prominent; in the remaining quarter-final duels they provide three of the four pairs. Wang Guan-Ru and Zou Shang-Cheng meet Hong Kong’s Choy Chun Kit and Yu Nok, Ku Chung-Wen and Kuo Chan-Yin oppose Tsai Kai-Cheng and Tsai Li-Yang.

Likewise, in the second round of the Cadet Boys’ Singles event, the round that determines the quarter-finalists, there was both success and disappointment for the hosts.

Wang Guan-Ru beat Korea Republic’s Seo Hyeonwoo (11-7, 13-11, 11-6), Tsai Kai-Cheng accounted for Hong Kong’s Yiu Kwan To (7-11, 15-13, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5). Conversely there was defeat, Japan proving the nemesis. Lin Hsin-Yu, the no.2 seed, suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Sora Matsushima (11-3, 1-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7), Huang Yan-Cheng lost to Fumiya Oshima (7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9).

Meanwhile, in the one remaining second round Cadet Boys’ Singles contest, it was success for Korea Republic; Jung Seongwon beat Hong Kong’s Choy Chun Kit, the no.7 seed (11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6).

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

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