by Ian Marshall, Editor
Notably Ma Yat Sum and Wong Hoi Ting finished in first positions in their respective groups; the good form continued in the opening round.
Ma Yat Sum and Wong Hoi Ting both overcame adversaries from Malaysia. In a contest between players who have no world ranking, Ma Yat Sum beat Li Ying Im (11-5, 12-10, 11-2, 11-4), Wong Hoi Tung, the no.11 seed, accounted for Lim Jing Shuen (11-7, 11-6, 13-15, 11-4, 11-3).
Meanwhile, for Ma Yat Sum who had finished in second position in her group behind colleague Cai Fong-En, the no.2 seed, she booked her quarter-final place courtesy of against Canada’s Patricia Hui, the no.10 seed (11-5, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6).
Success for Hong Kong, for the host nation it was mixed fortunes. Parleen Kaur, the no.3 seed and Michelle Wu, the no.4 seed, finished in second places in their respective groups; progress to the main draw, for Parleen Kaur it was defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Yu Tsiu-Ting, the no.5 seed. Conversely for Michelle Wu it was success in opposition to Hong Kong’s Kong Tsz Lam (12-10, 11-6, 4-11, 5-11, 5-11, 15-13, 4-11, 4-11, 11-6).
Problems for the Parleen Kaur and Michelle Wu but not for Chinese Taipei’s Chien Tung-Chuan and Cai Fong-En, the respective top two seeds; first place in the group secured, both recorded convincing opening round wins. Chien Tung-Chuan beat Malaysia’s Lee Peng Look (7-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 2-11, 11-6, 11-5); Cai Fong-En accounted for Hong Kong’s Phoebe Hui Wai, the no.7 seed (10-12, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9) who had finished in second place in her group.
Imposing from Hong Kong in the junior girls’ singles, it was exactly the same in the cadet girls’ singles event; the top four names Phoebe Hui Wai, Yenn Ho Ching, Chelsea Shiu Lam and Ma Yat Sum all secured first places in their respective groups and thus progressed directly to the main draw.
Commencing with the quarter-final round play in the junior girls’ singles and cadet girls’ singles events will be played to a conclusion on Wednesday 1st May.