16 May 2019

Six groups in the initial stage of play in the junior boys’ team event at the SET 2019 Thailand Junior and Cadet Open in Bangkok; on Wednesday 15th May, in a competition where only first place secured progress to the main draw, it was success for the leading outfits.

However, for the top three seeds, it was not without some moments of trepidation.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Singapore, the top seeds, represented by Pang Yew En Koen, Beh Kun Ting and Josh Chua Shao Han needed the full five matches to overcome the no.15 seeds, the Chinese Taipei combination formed by Huang Chang-Yu, Wang Yi-Fan and Wang Chen-Yau. The player to cause the Singaporean problems was Huang Chang-Yu; he beat both Beh Kun Ting (11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7) and Pang Yew En Koen (11-13, 11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8).

Similarly, the no.2 seeds, the Belgium trio of Adrien Rassenfosse, Olav Kosolosky and Nicolas Degros experienced the same fate when confronting the no.14 seeds, the Japanese outfit formed by Kazuya Sugimoto, Shodai Miyagawa and Atsuhiro Horikawa. Just as Huang Chang-Yu caused Singapore headaches, so did Shodai Miyagawa when facing Belgium. He accounted for both Olav Kosolosky (11-7, 12-14, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5) and Adrien Rassenfosse (11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 6-11, 11-4).

Testing times for the top two seeds, it was no different for the no.3 seeds, the Indian team comprising Raegan Alburquerque, Manush Utpalbhai Shah and Deepit Patil. They found the no.13 seeds, the Korea Republic selection of Hwang Jinha, Park Minjun and Lee Jeongho more than a handful. Man of the moment, the mainstay of the Indian victory was Raegan Alburquerque; he beat Hwang Jinha in the opening match of the fixture (11-6, 11-7, 11-3) before sealing victory in the fifth engagement of the fixture by overcoming Park Minju (11-9, 11-8, 11-7).

Meanwhile, for the remaining leading outfits in the junior boys’ team event, it was first place without due alarm.

The no.4 seeds, China’s Kuang Li, Liu Yebo and Xie Congfan topped their group in style; a situation that very much applied to the no.5 seeds, Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yan-Chang, Huang Yu-Jen and Peng Chih as well as to the no.6 seeds, the host nation selection of Veerapat Puthikungasern, Yanapong Panagitgun and Wattananachi Samranvong.

Play in the junior boys’ team event concludes on Thursday 16th May.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Thailand Junior & Cadet Open Liu Yebo

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