07 Dec 2018

Resigned to the bench earlier in the week throughout the Girls’ Team event at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Bendigo, Australia, as she watched her colleagues advance relentlessly to seal the title, China’s Guo Yuhan caused the biggest upset in the opening round of the Girls’ Singles event on the evening of Friday 7th December.

Safely through the qualification group stage; she beat Serbia’s Sabina Surjan, the no.3 seed and on duty at the recent Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games (11-8, 12-10, 11-3, 14-12) to reserve her place in round two.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Success for Guo Yuhan contrary to status, it was the same for colleague Huang Fanzhen, in the opening round of proceedings, she ousted Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Yee, the no.13 seed (11-6, 11-8, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8).

Impressive performances, likewise Shi Xunyao and Qian Tianyi showed their quality; Shi Xunyao, the top seed, beat Romania’s Tania Plaian (11-7, 11-4, 11-3, 11-5), Qian Tianyi, the no.2 seed, overcame Italy’s Jamila Laurenti (11-7, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10).

The top two names through to the second round, it was the same for Japan’s Miyu Nagasaki, the no.4 seed, she caused Serbia more heartache by beating Tijana Jokic (11-5, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-5).

However, there were further upsets, Japan’s Yumeno Soma beat Chinese Taipei’s Chen Ting-Ting, the no.15 seed (11-7, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6); Poland’s Katarzyna Wegrzyn accounted for India’s Archana Girish Kamath, the no.8 seed (14-12, 6-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9). An unexpected win for Katarzyna Wegrzyn, for twin sister Ana Wegrzyn it was the reverse scenario; the no.14 seed, she was beaten by Lucie Gauthier of France (11-4, 11-7, 3-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8).

Surprise outcomes but for Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz, Japan’s Satsuki Odo and Chinese Taipei’s Su Pei-Ling; all prominent names, it was a prosperous start. Adriana Diaz, the no.5 seed, overcame Hong Kong’s Chau Wing Sze (11-7, 13-15, 8-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-9), Satsuki Odo, the no.6 seed ousted Slovakia’s Natalia Grigelova (11-3, 11-5, 11-7, 11-2); Su Pei-Ling, the no.7 seed, ended the hopes of Thailand’s Jinnipa Sawettabut (11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-7).

The second round and quarter-finals of the Girls’ Singles event will be played on Saturday 8th December.

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