by Ian Marshall, Editor
A most impressive performance in the final; earlier in the day it had been the same in the quarter-final round when beating Anna Hursey of Wales, the no.29 seed (11-1, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7) and in the semi-finals when ousting India’s Selena Selvakumar, the top seed (11-8, 18-16, 11-8, 11-3).
Success in style for Liu Yangzi; for Qin Xiaoce, in the later rounds life had been more testing. In the round of the last eight, she had accounted for colleague, Han Feier (12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7), before, like Liu Yangzi, causing a major penultimate round upset and also ending Indian hopes. She beat Swastika Ghosh, the no.2 seed but experienced a tough test, six games were needed (11-4, 2-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5).
“Prior to the beginning of this competition I wasn’t aware of the level of the players. At the beginning I was feeling a little concerned because I wasn’t playing as well as I wanted but I improved as the matches progressed. I dedicate this trophy to all the coaches I have had along my career and to my family”. Liu Yangzi
Disappointment for Qin Xiaoce but there was success; she partnered compatriot, Xin Chenglin to Junior Girls’ Doubles gold. After recording a quarter-final win in opposition to the combination of Lavanya Maruthapandian of the United States and Russia’s Daria Mikhailova, the no.9 seeds, (11-5, 11-7, 11-7), they accounted for Sweden’s Jennie Edvisson and Alma Rose, the no.4 seeds (11-8, 13-11, 9-11, 12-10). A place in the final gained, the title was secured at the expense of the host nation’s Raquel Martins and Celia Silva, the no.2 seeds (7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7).
The Junior Girls’ Singles event over, attention now turns to the Junior Girls’ Team event.