19 Apr 2019

Gold medallist in the junior girls' singles event on the second day of action, on the penultimate day, Thursday 18th April, alongside Huang Yingqi and Li Yuqi there was a further medal of the same colour for Zang Xiaotong.

China emerged the junior girls’ team winners in Spa at the 2019 Belgium Junior and Cadet Open.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Wins by the 3-0 score-line were recorded in each fixture prior the final; it was no different in the title decider.

However, in the gold medal contest, the Chinese Taipei trio comprising Chang Ju-Chia, Chien Tung-Chuan and Yu Hsui-Ting proved more than worthy adversaries; the initial two engagements both needed five games to determine the outcome.

In the opening contest, Li Yuqi had to resist a spirited recovery by Yu Hsui-Ting before emerging successful (11-9, 11-9, 11-13, 7-11, 11-7); similarly, Zang Xiaotong was extended the full distance by Chien Tung-Chuan (11-2, 7-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-5). Meanwhile, the confrontation that concluded matters needed four games to determine the outcome; Huang Yingqi overcoming Chang Ju-Chia to end matters (11-6, 11-5, 11-13, 12-10).

Defeat for Chinese Taipei in the final at Chinese hands. In the penultimate round it had been the same outcome. After overcoming Sweden’s Jennie Edvinsson, Hanna Kjellson and Rebecca Muskantor; Huang Yingqi, Li Yuqi and Zang Xiaotong ended the hopes of Cai Fong-En, Lee Wan-Hsuan and Tsai Yu-Chin.

Imposing wins; for Chang Ju-Chia, Chien Tung-Chuan and Yu Hsui-Ting, life was somewhat different.

After recording a 3-1 victory in opposition to Germany’s Anastasia Bondareva, Sophia Klee and Franziska Schreiner, the Chinese Taipei trio needed the full five matches to end the hopes of Poland’s Aleksandra Michalak, Anna Wegrzyn and Katarzyna Wegrzyn. The player to cause the eventual runners up problems was Anna Wegrzyn, she accounted for both Chien Tung-Chien (11-3, 6-11, 11-7, 13-11 and Yu Hsiu-Ting (11-2, 11-13, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6).

Play concluded in the junior girls’ team event; attention now turns to the individual competitions in the cadet age group.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Belgium Junior and Cadet Open Huang Yingqi Li Yuqi Zang Xiaotong

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