13 Sep 2018

Places in the third round of the Junior Boys’ Singles event at the 2018 Croatia Junior and Cadet Open the target at the end of the opening day of action, Wednesday 12th September, the major contenders for honours all emerged successful; an event in which the top 16 names were not required to compete in the initial group phase.

Egypt’s Youssef Abdel-Aziz, the top seed, duly progressed in style, as did the next in the order of merit, Singapore’s Pang Yew En Koen, Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun and India’s Manush Utpalbhai Shah.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

All received direct entries to the second round.

Youssef Abdel-Aziz opened his account by beating Chinese Taipei’s Kuo Yu-Liang (11-7, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6); meanwhile, both Pang Yew En Koen and Yanapong Panagitgun overcame adversaries from the Czech Republic. Pang Yew En Koen beat Radek Skala (7-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-9, 12-10), Yanapong Panagitgun overcame Jakov Jakelic (11-8, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9).

Likewise, Manush Utpalbhai Shah progressed but similar to Pang Yew En Koen endured testing times; he needed six games to halt the progress of Germany’s Daniel Rinderer (11-7, 13-11, 12-14, 3-11, 12-10, 11-7).

Fine performances but they were not the names to attract the attention as the Junior Boys’ Singles event advanced. The players in particular to stand tall were China’s Huang Yousheng and Chen Yuanyu, alongside the host nation’s Ivor Ban and Wei Cheng-Ting, in the second round of proceedings, all beat opponents who had received direct entries.

Most notably Huang Yousheng, Chen Yuanyu and Ivor Ban had finished in top places in their first stage groups contrary to expectations. In the second round, Ivor Ban caused the biggest upset by overcoming Argentina’s Martin Bentancor, the no.12 seed (11-9, 12-10, 6-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9). Impressive, it was the same from Huang Yousheng who accounted for Italy’s Carlo Rossi, the no.13 seed (11-7, 11-2, 11-7, 11-7) and from Chen Yuanyu. He ended the hopes of Germany’s Cédric Meissner, the no.16 seed (11-6, 16-18, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7).

Meanwhile, not to be upstaged, Wei Cheng-Ting, who had finished in first place in his group as expected, maintained his good form. He ended the hopes of Serbia’s Dimitrije Levajac, the no.15 seed (7-11, 11-6, 13-11, 14-12, 8-11, 14-12).

The Junior Boys’ Singles event will be played to a conclusion on Thursday 13th September.

2018 Croatia Junior & Cadet Open Ivor Ban Chen Yuanyu Wei Cheng-Ting. Huang Yousheng

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