08 Dec 2018

Silver medallist earlier in the proceedings in the Girls’ Team event at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Bendigo, Australia but in the final resigned to the bench, Japan’s Yumeno Soma caused the major upset in the second round of the Girls’ Singles event on the evening of Saturday 8th December.

The no.23 seed, she beat Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz, the no.5 seed (7-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-6, 11-8), her backspin artistry proving safe and secure.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Success for Yumeno Soma in what proved a round dominated by China and Japan; the only player to book a quarter-final place not from those two powerhouse countries was Chinese Taipei’s Su Pei-Ling; the no.7 seed, she accounted for Romania’s Andreea Dragoman, the no.12 seed (11-7, 14-12, 6-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9).

Otherwise it was success for China and Japan, impressively all four players from the Land of the Rising Sun booked last eight places. In addition to Yumeno Soma, Satsuki Odo, Miyu Nagasaki and Miyuu Kihara all enjoyed success.

Undoubtedly pride of place went to Miyu Nagasaki, the no.4 seed; in a full distance five games contest, she overcame China’s Huang Fanzhen, the no.22 seed (13-11, 11-1, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7) in what proved the closest match of the round. A close call for Miyu Nagasaki, for Satsuki Odo, the no.6 seed and Miyuu Kihara, the no.11 seed, life was less exacting. Satsuki Odo beat Brazil’s Bruna Takahashi, the no.9 seed (11-6, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9), Miyuu Kihara ended the hopes of Poland’s Katarzyna Wegrzyn, the no.48 seed (11-4, 11-4, 11-8, 11-6).

Meanwhile, for China, Guo Yuhan who had started matters in the qualification group stage, continued to upset the order of merit; she overcame Amy Wang of the United States, the no.10 seed (12-10, 12-10, 11-1, 11-8).

Imposing from Guo Yuhan, it was the same from Shi Xunyao, the top seed; she beat Lucie Gauthier of France, the no.31 seed (11-5, 12-10, 11-2, 11-6); no charity, likewise colleague Qian Tianyi, the no.2 seed, ousted Russia’s Mariia Tailakova, the no.16 seed (11-2, 13-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-4).

At the quarter-final stage Shi Xunyao meets Satsuki Odo, Yumeno Soma faces Guo Yuhan; in the opposite half of the draw Miyu Nagasaki plays Su Pei-Ling, Miyuu Kihara confronts Qian Tiayi.

The matches will be played later in the day during the evening session of play.

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