17 May 2019

A step ahead of the field, on Thursday 16th May, China secured both the junior boys’ team and cadet boys’ team titles at the SET 2019 Thailand Junior and Cadet Open in Bangkok.

Represented by Kuang Li, Liu Yebo and Xie Congfan, not one individual match was surrendered; for Chen Yuanyu, Huang Youzheng and Lin Shidong in the younger age group category, life was just slightly more exacting but without moments of drama.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Safely through the group stage without blemish, at the quarter-final stage of the junior boys’ team event Kuang Li, Liu Yebo and Xie Congfan accounted for the host nation’s Yanapong Panagitgun, Veerapat Puthikungasern and Wattanachai Samranvong, before overcoming Belgium’s Nicolas Degros, Olav Kosolosky and Adrien Rassenfosse to reserve their place in the final.

Emphatic wins it was the same in the final; no charity was displayed in opposition to the Singaporean combination of Josh Chua Shao Han, Pang Yew En Koen and Beh Kun Ting. The title secured in style, the only players test the Chinese outfit were Yanapong Panagitgun and Beh Kun Ting. At the quarter-final stage Yanapong Panagitgun had extended Kuang Li to five games (11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7), as had Beh Kun Ting in the final when opposing Xie Congfan (8-11, 11-13, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7).

Yanapong Panagitgun caused Kuang Li problems (Photo: Panichar Junkana)


Runners up spot for Singapore, a worthy outcome, a direct entry to the semi-final round; they booked their place in the title decider courtesy of a 3-0 win in opposition to India’s Raegan Albuquerque, Deepit Patil and Manush Utpalbhai Shah.

Meanwhile, in the cadet boys’ team event, a direct entry to the semi-finals, a 3-1 win was recorded against the combination of Iran’s Navid Shams who lined up alongside the Czech Republic’s Simon Belik and Stepan Brhel. The player to cause the problems was Navid Shams; he beat Lin Shidong (11-7, 11-9, 11-4).

Lin Shidong experienced defeat when facing Navid Shams (Photo: Panichar Junkana)


A place in the final booked, once again a 3-1 margin of victory; this time in opposition to Hong Kong’s Yiu Kwan To, Yu Nok and Baldwin Chan Ho Wah; however, it could have been much closer. In the opening contest Lin Shidong beat Yiu Kwan To by the very narrowest of margins (11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9), before Yu Nok levelled matters by overcoming Chen Yuanyu (13-11, 11-7, 16-14).

Matters level, Huang Youzhen steadied the ship by beating Baldwin Chan Ho Wah (11-6, 11-9, 12-14, 11-9), before Chen Yuanyu defeated Yiu Kwan To (9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9) to end matters.

Huang Youzheng beat Baldwin Chan Ho Wah in the second match of the final against Hong Kong (Photo: Panichar Junkana)


Notably, in the opposite half of the draw, Yiu Kwan To, Yu Nok and Baldwin Chan Ho Wah had recorded a 3-1 quarter-final success against India’s Vishwa Deenadayalan, Aadarsh Om Chhetri and Divyash Srivastava, prior to emerging successful in a full distance five match contest in opposition the Korea Republic’s Gil Minseok, Kim Junhyeok and Kim Minwoo.

Attention now turns to the individual events, play concludes in Bangkok on Sunday 19th May.

A silver medal for Yiu Kwan To alongside Yu Nok and Baldwin Chan Ho Wah (Photo: Panichar Junkana)


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