12 Nov 2018

Winner earlier in the year in Hong Kong, as well as in the Czech Republic, Italy and Thailand, China’s Chen Yi added to her list of titles at the 2018 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open in Szombathely on Sunday 11th November.

She won the Cadet Girls’ Singles title, after earlier in the day having partnered Li Yuqi to Cadet Girls’ Doubles gold.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Furthermore, in what was an exact repeat of the Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open earlier in the year, three titles were secured and with the same teammates and partner; the previous day alongside Li Yuqi and Yang Yiyun, the Cadet Girls’ Team title had been clinched, on the concluding day of action the good form was maintained.

At the final hurdle of the Cadet Girls’ Doubles event, Chen Yi and Li Yuqi accounted for Romania’s Ioana Singeorzan and Elena Zaharia (16-14, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9), having in the penultimate round ousted Russia’s Svetlana Dmitrenko and Arina Slautina (11-2, 8-11, 11-8, 11-5). In the corresponding semi-final, Chen Yi and Li Yuqi had beatem Charlotte Lutz and Prithika Pavade of France (11-5, 11-9, 11-5).

“It was very important that we could win the first game because in the second, we made lots of mistakes. Fortunately we could dominate in the second and third games only making minor mistakes.” Chen Yi

Impressive in the Cadet Girls’ Doubles event; the performance in the Cadet Girls’ Singles competition was just as imposing.

Safely through to the later rounds, at the quarter-final stage she ended the hopes of Prithika Pavade (7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6), before in a full distance five games contest overcoming colleague, Yang Yiyun (7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6). A place in the final booked, she overcame the defensive skills Japan’s Haruna Ojo to reserve the top step of the podium (11-5, 11-4, 11-9).

“I was able to adapt to the defensive style of my opponent. I am standing at the top of the podium in three categories, I met the expectations.” Chen Yi

In the opposite have of the draw, in the later rounds, Haruna Ojio had beaten Li Yuqi (11-8, 11-13, 11-5 11-5), prior to reserving her place in the final courtesy of success in opposition to Russia’s Liubov Tentse (11-3, 11-6, 11-4).

Proceedings concluded in Szombathely, the next tournament on the ITTF World Junior Circuit is the Portugal Junior and Cadet Open; play starts in Guimãres on Tuesday 27th November.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open Chen Yi

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