16 May 2019

A member of the silver medal winning Asian team some eight months ago in Tottori at the ITTF World Cadet Challenge; the host nation’s Wanwisa Aueawiriyayothin was very much the player to attract the attention as the cadet girls’ team event progressed on Wednesday 15th May at the SET 2019 Thailand Junior and Cadet Open.

Lining up alongside Phatita Pinyopisan and Wirakam Tayapitak, the 14 year old remained unbeaten the guide her team, the no.9 seeds to an unlikely group first place.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Crucially a 3-1 was recorded against the no.5 seeds, the Hong Kong trio comprising Phoebe Hui Wai, Yenn Ho Ching, and Ma Yat Sum, Wanwisa Aueawiriyayothin proving the mainstay of the victory. She beat both Yenn Ho Ching (11-7, 11-3, 11-7) and Phoebe Hui Wai (11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 20-18).

First place contrary to expectations for Thailand, it was the same for the no.8 seeds, the Chinese Taipei trio formed by Chen Tsai-Ni, Liu Ru-Yun and Wang Hsiao-Hsin. They finished ahead of the no.19 seeds, the Korea Republic formation of Choi Yejin, Lee Yeonhui and Lee Daeun; favourites for first place, the no.6 seeds, India’s Anargya Manjunath, Suhana Saini and Yashaswini Deepak Ghorpade had to settle for third position.

Surprise outcomes but amongst the leading teams; the top seeds, China’s Chen Yi, Kuai Man and Qin Yuxian duly secured first place in their group without due alarm, as did the next in line, the international combination of Croatia’s Hana Arapovic, Hungary’s Dorottya Tolgyes and Anna Hursey of Wales.

Likewise, in the cadet boys’ team competition, where also in the cadet girls’ team event, only first place in the group secured progress to the main draw, the top seeded outfits enjoyed success. China’s Chen Yuanyu, Huang Youzheng and Li Shidong asserted their authority on proceedings, as did the outfit formed by Peru’s Carlos Fernandez who joined forces with Australia’s Finn Luu and Nicholas Lum.

The surprises were lower down the list; the no.11 seeds, the Korea Republic selection of Kim Minwou, Gil Minseok and Park Jungwoo recorded a 3-2 in opposition to the no.5 seeds, the Japanese trio of Hauki Michihiro, Sora Matsushima and Kazuki Yoshiyama. Likewise, the no.9 seeds, the team formed by Japan’s Yuki Ishi who joined forces with Belgium’s Tim Giltia and Nolan Lerat secured victory by the same margin against the no.7 seeds, Singapore’s Nicholas Tan, Izaac Quek Yong and Koh Junhao.

Players to shine were Gil Minseok and Izaac Quek Yong; Gil Minseok accounted for Sora Matsushima (13-11, 11-7, 2-11, 12-10) and Haruki Michihiro (11-4, 11-8, 11-9); Izaac Quek Yong overcame Tim Giltia (11-5, 13-11, 5-11, 11-7) and Yuki Ishi (11-9, 11-9, 11-9).

Play in both the cadet boys’ team and cadet girls’ team events conclude on Thursday 16th May.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Thailand Junior & Cadet Open Wanwisa Aueawiriyayothin

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