by Ian Marshall, Editor
Raegan Albuquerque and Manush Utpalbhai Shah, the no.2 seeds, suffered a 3-1 defeat the hands of Korea Republic’s Park Gyeongtae and Hwang Jinha; Deepit Patil and Payas Jain, the no.5 seeds, experienced a 3-0 reverse when facing Japan’s Hiroto Shinosuke and Yuma Tanigoki.
Notably Park Gyeongtae and Hwang Jina alongside Hiroto Shinosuke and Yuma Tanigoki remained unbeaten to secure first places in the respective groups and thus advanced to the main draw.
Meanwhile, in the remaining groups, it was first position as status advised. China, the no.3 seeds, represented by Quan Kaiyuan, Zeng Beixun and Gao Yang secured first position in their group, as did the no.4 seeds, the Japanese combination of Takeru Kashiwa and Hayate Suzuki.
Success against the odds for Korea Republic in the junior boys’ team event, it was the same in the cadet boys’ team competition. Likewise an event where only first place in the group sealed progress to the main draw, the combination of Kim Junhyeok, Kim Minwoo and Park Junseo recorded a 3-1 win against Sweden’s Alve Sjoevold and David Bjorkryd, the no.7 seeds to secure top spot.
Otherwise, it was group first place as status predicted. Most significantly Hong Kong’s Yiu Kwan To and Yu Nok, the top seeds, secured first place in their group as did the no.2 seeds, China’s Chen Yuanyu, Chen Yaxuan and Shen Feng.
Play in both the junior boys’ team and cadet boys’ team events concludes on Thursday 13th June.