03 Nov 2018

An unbeaten display in the final by Liu Ru-Yun secured the top prize for Chinese Taipei on Saturday 3rd November in the Girls’ Team event at the 2018 Slovak Cadet Open in Senec.

Partnered by Cheng Pu Syuan, a three-one win against Hungary’s Csenge Adamik and Dorottya Tolgyes was the outcome in the final.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Determined, Liu Ru-Yun recovered from a two games to nil deficit against Csenge Adamik (9-11, 3-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-4), before bringing proceedings to a close by overcoming Dorottya Tolgyes (11-5, 13-15, 11-6, 7-11, 11-3).

Sandwiched in between, she partnered Cheng Pu-Syuan to doubles success (11-7, 11-9, 11-4). The one win for Hungary was recorded in the second match of the fixture when Dorottya Tolgyes narrowly overcame Cheng Pu-Syuan (6-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 13-11).

Notably the path to the title deciding contest had proved very different; for Chinese Taipei most testing; for Hungary comparatively straightforward.

At both the quarter and semi-final stages, Csenge Adamik and Dorottya Tolgyes had recorded three matches to nil wins; first against Russia’s Daria Grioreva and Daria Mikhailova; then in opposition to Clara Beaudron and Cleade Stoppeleire of France.

Conversely for Cheng Pu-Syuan and Liu Ru-Yun; it was hard full distance wins. At the quarter-final stage they accounted for the Chinese combination of Xu Yi, Zhang Xiaoshu and Sun Xiameng in a contest of a most unusual nature. Every march went the full five games distance.

Xu Yi gave China the perfect start by beating Cheng Pu-Syuan (5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 10-12, 11-8), she was followed by Zhang Xiaoshu who accounted for Li Ru-Yun (6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 10-12, 12-10) to double the advantage. It was at that stage the Chinese Taipei recovery began. Cheng Pu-Syan and Liu Ru-Yun secured the doubles in opposition to Sun Xiaomeng and Xu Yi (11-9, 11-6, 4-11, 9-11, 11-7), before Cheng Pu-Syuan beat Zhang Xiaoshu (10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7). Liu Ru-Yun accounted for Xu Yi by the very narrowest of decisions 9-11, 11-2, 11-5, 8-11, 14-12) to complete the fightback.

Similarly, in the penultimate round it was a three-two win but not in such a dramatic fashion. Liu Ru-Yun proved the backbone of the success in opposition to the French combination of Charlotte Lutz and Lucie Mobaret. In the opening match of the fixture she overcame Charlotte Lutz (11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10), before in the decisive fifth contest accounting for Lucie Mobarek (11-7, 11-7, 11-4). The one further win for the Chinese Taipei duo was recorded in the second match of the fixture when Cheng Pu-Syuan accounted for Lucie Mobarek (11-8, 12-10, 4-11, 11-4).

Play now focuses on the individual events, proceedings conclude on Sunday 4th November.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Slovak Cadet Open Liu Ru-Yun

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