Tournaments

27 Apr 2019

A quarter-finalist just over one week ago on the ITTF World Junior Circuit in Belgium, in addition to last year being the winner in El Salvador, Chinese Taipei’s Tai Ming-Wei is the leading name on duty at the 2019 Australian Junior and Cadet Open.

Play commences in Darwin on Sunday 28th April and concludes on Wednesday 1st May.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The 17 year old is the top seed in the junior boys’ singles event, whilst in the junior boys’ team competition alongside Huang Yu-Jen and Li Hsin-Yu he occupies the same exalted position.

Notably, in the junior boys’ singles competition, the name of Huang Yu-Jen and Li Hsin-Yu are prominent; Huang Yu-Jen is the no.4 seed, Li Hsin-Yu, the no.9 seed. Li Hsin-Yu has yet to make his mark on the ITTF World Junior Circuit; most impressively, Huang Yu-Jen reached the semi-final round last year in China.

Chinese Taipei very much to the fore, there is also a significant challenge for honours from Hong Kong and New Zealand. On duty for the former, Pau Yik Man is the no.2 seed in the junior boys’ singles event, also he partners colleague Choy Chun Kit in the junior boys’ team competition. Similarly, for the latter, Nathan Xu is the no.3 junior boys’ singles seed, alongside Malaysia’s Chun Haw Wong, he occupies the same junior boys’ team status.

Hong Kong prominent, it is very similar in the cadet boys’ singles event, Yiu Kwan To is the top seed; Yu Nok and Baldwin Chan Ho Wah occupy the respective third and fourth seeded places. Australia’s Finn Luu, runner up at last year’s Oceania Junior and Cadet Championships is the no.2 seed. Worthy of note is that last year, both Yu Nok and Baldwin Chan Ho Wah reached the cadet boys’ singles quarter-final round on home soil in Hong Kong.

Eyes on podium places; it is the same for Hong Kong in the cadet boys’ team event. Baldwin Chan Ho Wa occupy the top seeded place, Lau Chun Nok, Man Kai Shan and Yu Nok are next on the list.

The team events commence play.

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