06 Dec 2018

Quarter-finalist earlier in the year at the Swedish Junior and Cadet Open, alongside Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yung-Chih, Germany’s Cédric Meissner emerged the player to cause the biggest upset as play commenced in the group stage of the Boys’ Singles event at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Bendigo, Australia on Thursday 6th December.

Furthermore, both ended the day unbeaten and thus kept their hopes very much alive of joining the 16 seeds in the main draw; a competition in which there is no margin for error, only first place in the group secures progress.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In his opening contest of the day Cédric Meissner accounted for Brazil’s Guilherme Teodoro (15-13, 11-2, 11-5, 11-7), the highest rated player in the group and the third highest on duty in the group qualification phase. An impressive start, the form was maintained, in his second engagement of the day, he overcame Argentina’s Santiago Lorenzo (9-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-9, 11-4).

The wins mean that whatever the outcome in the remaining matches, providing he walks to the table for his contest against New Zealand’s Zhao Yanglun, hitherto without a win to his name, first place in the group is assured.

Meanwhile for Lu Yung-Chih, the situation is somewhat different. He commenced matters by beating Sweden’s Martin Friis (11-8, 11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10), prior to overcoming Frenchman, Irvin Bertrand, the highest listed player in the group (11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 11-2, 11-8). One match remains, he faces Singapore’s Gerald Yu Zong Jun in the contest that will determine the final order; in his opening engagement Gerald Yu Zong Jun lost to Irvin Bertrand (11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 11-9) but beat Martin Friis (11-3, 11-5, 11-8, 11-4).

Disappointment for France and there was more; the highest rated player in his group, Leo de Nodrest, after beating Hong Kong’s Maurice Chong Kai Ning (11-5, 11-6, 11-3, 12-10), experienced defeat at the hands of Daniel Rinderer, like Cédric Meissner from Germany (9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9). Success for Daniel Rinderer but earlier in the day there had been defeat at the hands of Italy’s Carlo Rosso (11-8, 12-10, 11-4, 11-8); he ended the day the one unbeaten member of the group. In his second match, he accounted for Maurice Chong Kai Ning (11-3, 5-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-4).

Conversely for Chinese Taipei, there was more success; the highest rated player in his group, Tai Ming-Wei accounted for Slovakia’s Stefan Peko (11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 15-13), prior to overcoming Australia’s Nicholas Lum (11-6, 11-8, 12-10, 11-4).

A successful day for Tai Ming-Wei, it was the same for the top two names on initial stage duty. Required to play just one match on the fifth day of proceedings, Iran’s Amin Ahmadian beat Hong Kong’s Pau Yik Man (11-7, 2-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-2), in a rather closer contest, Italy’s Matteo Mutti overcame Uladzislau Rukliatsou of Belarus (8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6).

Likewise amongst the leading names required to qualify, Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko overcame Slovakia’s Jakub Zelinka (11-7, 11-7, 11-6, 11-13, 11-4) and Australia’s Finn Luu (11-6, 11-5, 11-6, 11-3); Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun accounted for Brazil’s Eduardo Tomoike (11-6, 12-10, 11-8, 11-7) and Iran’s Arya Amiri (11-9, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6).

The group stage of the Boys’ Singles event concludes on Friday 7th November, later in the day, the opening round will be completed.

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