by Ian Marshall, Editor
Sakura Yokoi, successful in Poland, heads the seeding in the junior girls’ singles event, she is followed by Chen Yi, Wu Yangchen also from China and Kaho Akae. Notably earlier this year Chen Yi beat Wu Yangchen in the final in Italy, Kaho Akae won in Sweden.
India’s Swastika Ghosh, semi-finalist earlier this year in Bahrain, followed by colleague Prapti Sen, who reached the same round last year in Jordan, occupy the next two places in the seeding. Japan’s Miwa Harimoto, who will celebrate her 11th birthday on Sunday 16th June, the day proceedings conclude in Taicang, is the no.7 seed; the host nation’s Yuan Yuan, semi-finalist last month in Thailand, completes the top eight names.
Meanwhile, in the junior girls’ team competition Kaho Akae and Sakura Yokoi occupy the top seeded position followed by Wu Yangchen and Yuan Yuan who join forces with Yang Yiyun, a junior girls’ singles semi-finalist last year in Hungary. Prapti Sen and Swastika Ghosh reserve the third seeded spot, they are followed by Sweden’s Nomin Baasan and Matilda Hansson.
Prominent names, they are also prominent names in the cadet girls’ singles competition. Chen Yi heads the order ahead of Kaho Akae, Egypt’s Hana Goda and Chinese Taipei’s Tsai Yun-En.
Notably in March, Chen Yi won the cadet girls’ singles title in Italy, one month earlier Kaho Akae succeeded in both the Czech Republic and Sweden. Similarly, in April, Hana Goda prevailed at the African Junior and Cadet Championships in Accra, Tsai Yu-Chin was a semi-finalist on home soil in Chinese Taipei.
Furthermore, the names of Chen Yi and Tsai Yu-Chin also appear in the cadet girls’ team event.
Occupying the top seeded position, Chen Yi lines up alongside Leng Yutong and Xu Yi. Similarly Hana Goda joins forces with India’s Anargya Manjunath and Suhana Saini to reserve the second seeded spot. Meanwhile, Tsai Yun-Eun partners Chen Tsai-Ni, they are the no.3 seeds. Singapore’s Ser Lin Qian and Zhou Jingyi complete the top four seeded outfits.
Play commences with the team events; the individual events begin on Friday 14th June.