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.