04 Nov 2018

Four titles on offer on the concluding day of play, Sunday 4th November, at the 2018 Slovakia Cadet Open in Senec, it was a clean sweep for China.

Chen Yifei and Xu Yi won the respective Boys’ Singles and Girls’ Singles titles; meanwhile, Niu Zeqian and Zhang Jinghan emerged the Boys’ Doubles winners with Xu Yi partnering Sun Xiaomeng to the top prize in the Girls’ Doubles competition.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

At the final hurdle of the Cadet Boys’ Singles event, Chen Yifei beat Frenchman Thibaut Poret (11-4, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7), having earlier in the day at the quarter-final stage ousted Felix Lebrun, also from France (11-3, 11-8, 13-11), before at the semi-final stage ending the hopes of colleague Zhang Jinghan (11-7, 11-7, 11-7).

In the opposite half of the draw, in the later rounds, Thibault Poret had beaten Germany’s Felix Köhler (0-11, 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8), followed by success in opposition to Niu Zegian, like Chen Yifei from China (11-7, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8).

Disappointment for Niu Zegian but it was Boys’ Doubles success; partnering Zhang Jinghan, the pair accounted for Frenchmen Milhane Jellouli and Alexis Kouraichi in the final (11-9, 10-12, 11-6, 12-10).

Impressive from Chen Yifei, it was the same from Xu Yi in the Girls’ Singles competition. After accounting for Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Pu-Syuan (11-6, 11-6, 11-6) and colleague Sun Xiaomeng (11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7), she overcame Zhang Xiaoshu to arrest the title (11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7).

Notably in the adjacent opposite half of the draw, at the quarter-final stage Zhang Xiaoshu had beaten compatriot, Wang Zhu (12-10, 13-15, 11-4, 11-7), followed by success in opposition to Russia’s Daria Mikhailova (11-4, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7).

Earlier in the Girls’ Doubles final, Sun Xiaomeng and Xu Yi had beaten colleagues Wang Zhu and Zhang Xiaoshu (11-7, 11-9, 13-11) to claim the top prize.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Slovak Cadet Open China

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