13 Jun 2019

Emphatic wins, the host nation secured both the junior girls’ team and cadet girls’ team titles at the 2019 China Junior and Cadet Open in Taicang on Thursday 13th June.

Wu Yangchen and Yuan Yuan proved a step ahead of the field as did their younger compatriots, Chen Yi and Leng Yutong; the superiority marked by the fact that not one individual match was surrendered.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

After recording a 3-0 win in opposition to India’s Swastika Ghosh and Prapti Sen, the same margin of victory was recorded by Wu Yangchen and Yuan Yuan against Japan’s Sakura Yokoi and Kaho Akae to secure the junior girls’ team title.

In the final Wu Yangchen gave her team the perfect start by beating Sakura Yokoi (11-6, 11-6, 11-7), before Yuan Yuan accounted for Kaho Akae (11-4, 9-11, 12-10, 12-10) and, an equally imposing doubles success (11-2, 11-6, 11-5), brought matters to an end.

Similarly, in the cadet girls’ team event, Chen Yi and Leng Yutong proved themselves in a class of their own; however from Japan there were positive signs.

Following success in opposition to Singapore’s Zhou Jingyi and Ser Lian Qian, a similar 3-0 margin of victory was recorded in the final against Japan’s Miwa Harimoto and Rin Mende; a win as expected but the significant factor is that in the penultimate round, the Japanese duo posted a 3-0 win in opposition to China’s Zhang Yunhan and Ding Zige.

Rin Mende is only 11 years old, Miwa Harimoto celebrates her 11th birthday on the concluding day of the tournament; both appear in the mini-cadet girls’ singles event, on Sunday 16th June could Miwa Harimoto have more than one reason to celebrate?

The junior girls’ team and cadet girls’ team events concluded; attention now turns to three days of intense action; the junior girls’ singles, cadet girls’ singles and mini-cadet girls’ singles events commence on Friday 14th June.

World Junior Circuit 2019 China Junior & Cadet Open Yuan Yuan Wu Yanghen

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