18 May 2019

Upsets were abundant on Saturday 18th May, as third round places were reserved in the junior girls’ singles event at the SET 2019 ITTF Thailand Junior and Cadet Open in Bangkok.

China’s Shi Xunyao and Chen Yi survived, as did Italy’s Jamila Laurenti, Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsiu-Ting and Isa Cok of France but of the 16 seeded players, who had received direct entries to the main draw, they were the only ones reach the last 16 round.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Japan’s An Naoe caused the biggest shock of the day, in the opening round she beat fellow 14 year old, Prithika Pavade of France, the no.2 seed (11-9, 4-11, 13-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9), before accounting for India’s Poymantee Baisya (11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6) to reserve her third round spot.

Most certainly An Naoe could reflect on her performance with pride, however, the proudest player was the host nation’s Pakawan Karnthang. She accounted for China’s Zang Xiaotong, the no.16 (12-10, 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-9), prior to overcoming Hong Kong’s Karen Lee Hoi Man (11-13, 11-4, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9).

“No matter how strong your competitor is or whether you win or lose, just be yourself, put all you have into it and play the game as best as you can.” Pakawan Karnthang

Zang Xiaotong beaten by Pakawan Karnthang (Photo: Panichar Junkana)


Progress to round three for An Naoe and Pakawan Karnthang but for the remaining players who caused opening round upsets, it was defeat.

Malaysia’s Karen Lyne ousted Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Yee, the no.4 seed (3-11, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-5), before losing to Anna Hursey of Wales (10-12, 11-7, 11-2, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9). Similarly, Hong Kong’s Chelsea Chan Shiu Lam beat India’s Swastika Ghosh, the no.8 seed (7-11, 8-11, 5-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-3, 11-6), prior to suffering at the hands of Korea Republic’s Lee Youngi (11-9, 11-9, 11-2, 10-12, 11-4); Chinese Taipei’s Chang Ju-Chia accounted for Camille Lutz of France, the no.15 seed (11-7, 11-8, 11-7, 14-12) but then lost to Japan’s Yuka Aoki (15-13, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9).

Chelsea Chan Shiu Lam beat Swastika Ghosh but then lost to Lee Youngi (Photo: Panichar Junkana)


In a similar vein, Romania’s Elena Zaharia emerged successful in opposition Chau Wing Sze, like Chelsea Chan Shiu Lam from Hong Kong (11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6) but then found Japan’s Misa Inayoshi a step too far (9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6, 3-11, 11-6).

Meanwhile, in the second round, the biggest name to fall was that of Romania’s Tania Plaian, she was beaten by China’s Kuai Man (11-7, 11-1, 11-3, 11-4). Defeat against a Chinese opponent who is undoubtedly better than ranking may suggest; it was the same for Singapore’s Goi Rui Xuan, the no.7 seed, as it was for India’s Diya Parag Chitale, the no.14 seed. Goi Rui Xuan was beaten by Qin Yuxuan (11-4, 8-11, 14-12, 11-4, 11-9), Diya Parag Chitale by Yuan Yuan (11-5, 11-5, 11-9, 11-2).

Yuan Yuan who beat Diya Parag Chitale (Photo: Panichar Junkana)


Outcomes not unexpected; for Hong Kong’s Wong Chin Yau, the no.10 seed and Rachel Sung of the United States, the no.11 seed, the second round exits were perhaps not to be anticipated in the same vein. Wong Chin Yau was beaten by Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Yi-Chien (11-7, 11-3, 12-10, 5-11, 11-5), Rachel Sung departed at the hands of Yua Yamasaki (9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 4-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-8).

Surprises but in the second round for the very elite names, there was success; Shi Xunyao, the top seed, beat India’s Prapti Sen (11-3, 11-6, 11-5, 11-5), Jamila Laurenti, the no.3 seed overcame Hong Kong’s Fung Wai Chu (11-7, 11-3, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6).

A determined Jamila Laurenti survived the carnage (Photo: Panichar Junkana)


Play at the SET 2019 ITTF Thailand Junior and Cadet Open concludes on Sunday 19th May.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Thailand Junior & Cadet Open Pakawan Karnthang.

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