01 May 2019

The no.5 seed, a quarter-final place secured last year on home soil but otherwise early round exits, Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsiu-Ting secured the top step of the podium in the junior girls’ singles event at the 2019 Australian Junior and Cadet Open in Darwin on Wednesday 1st May.

A first ever ITTF World Junior Circuit girls’ singles title, the success was hard earned.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

On the concluding day of play, after accounting for Hong Kong’s Chelsea Chan Shiu Lau, the no.8 seed (11-7, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4), she overcame colleagues in most exacting encounters; in the penultimate round she beat Cai Fong-En, the no.2 seed, in six games (11-5, 7-11, 12-10, 8-11, 13-11, 11-7), prior to securing the title in a seven games contest, when facing Chien Tung-Chuan, the top seed (6-11, 11-13, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6).

In the opposite half of the draw, on the concluding day of play, Chien Tung-Chuan had halted Hong Kong’s aspirations. She accounted for Wong Hoi Tung (13-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-7), followed by success in opposition to Yenn Ho Ching, the no.9 seed (11-7, 11-5, 11-7, 13-11). Notably, in the round of the last eight, Yenn Ho Ching had beaten the host nation’s Michelle Wu, the no.4 seed (11-6, 11-8, 11-7, 11-5).

Defeat for Hong Kong, not in the cadet girls’ singles event; all three steps of the medal podium were reserved. Phoebe Hui Wai, the top seed, emerged the winner. After overcoming Canada’s Patricia Hui, the no.11 seed (9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-3) she accounted for colleagues Wong Hoi Ching, the no.7 seed (11-9, 11-8, 11-8) and Chelsea Chan Shoi Lam (11-8, 11-5, 11-9) to secure the title.

Impressive from Phoebe Hui Wai, it had been the same in the opposite half of the draw from Chelsea Chan Shiu Lam. In the quarter-final round she beat Australia’s Chan Yin Ting (11-6, 11-8, 11-3), followed by a semi-final success in opposition to compatriot, Yenn Ho Ching, the no.2 seed (12-10, 11-4, 11-6).

The ITTF World Junior Circuit tournament concluded, attention in Darwin now turns to the Para Oceania Championships.

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