26 Sep 2019

Top seeds in the junior boys’ team event at the 2019 Chinese Taipei Junior and Cadet Open, competing on home soil, Tai Ming-Wei, Huang Yu-Jen and Huang Yan-Cheng ended the opening day of play, Wednesday 25th September, unbeaten. It was the same for the next in line, the outfit formed by Korea Republic’s Park Geongtae and Park Minjun who joined forces with Iran’s Amin Ahmadian.

Likewise, the fourth seeds, Chinese Taipei’s Feng Yi-Hsin, Li Hsin-Yu and Yang Zhi-Xing ended the day without defeat. However, for the third seeds, Singapore’s Beh Kun Ting, Dominic Koh Song Jun and Josh Chua Sha Han, there were problems; only first place in the group securing progress, a main draw place is very much in doubt.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Following a 3-1 win against Korea Republic’s Yang Yechan, Jung Seongwon and Oh Gyeongmin in their opening fixture, a 3-2 defeat was experienced at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Peng Chih, Ho Jui-Lin and Wu Che-An; a contest in which the Singaporeans after the end of the second match appeared to be en route to victory.

Beh Kun Ting beat Peng Chih (6-11, 18-16, 11-3, 11-6), Dominic Koh Song Jun overcame Ho Jui-Lin (11-9, 11-7, 11-9); it was at that stage the tide turned. Wu Che-An accounted for Josh Chua Sha Han (11-8, 11-3, 5-11, 11-5), Peng Chih prevailed against Dominic Koh Song Jun (11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 8-11, 12-10), before Ho Jui-Lin defeated Beh Kun Ting to complete the recovery (11-8, 11-8, 11-13, 11-9).

Success for Chinese Taipei but a main draw place is a forlorn hope; in their opening contest, a 3-0 defeat against Japan’s Hayate Suzuki, Kazuki Hamada and Sora Matsushima was the order of the day. Japan, who in their second fixture of the day, recorded a 3-1 against Korea Republic, now meets Singapore, to determine the final order.

Final order known

One fixture yet to complete, in the junior girls’ team competition the names of the qualifiers are known. Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsiu-Ting, Cai Fong-En and Chien Tung-Chuan, the top seeds, duly finished in first position in their initial phase group and thus advance directly to the final. In the opposite half of the draw, either Hong Kong, the no.2 seeds, or Japan, the no.3 seeds await.

Selecting from Kaho Akae, Reina Aso, Fuwa Yumoto and Jina Higashawa; Japan topped their group without ever being extended the full five match distance. It was somewhat different for Hong Kong in the guise of Chau Wing Sze, Lee Hoi Man, Lee Ka Yee and Wong Chin Yau. A 3-2 margin of victory was the outcome against Korea Republic’s Lee Dayeon, Yoo Dahyeon and Lee Daeun; the same later in the day when facing Chinese Taipei’s Liang Yuan-Ting, Pao Chi-Hua and Lin Chien-Ying.

Similar situation

Group stages complete in the junior girls’ team event, it was the same in both the cadet boys’ team and cadet girls’ team events. Similarly, only first position reserved a main draw place.

In the cadet boys’ team event the top seeds, Hong Kong’s Baldwin Chan Ho Wah and Yu Nok ended the day in top spot as did the second seeds, the Chinese Taipei combination of Kao Cheng-Jul, Chang Yu-An and Chuang Chia-Chuan. Alas for the next two teams in the order of merit there was to be no semi-final place.

Hong Kong’s Lau Chun Nok, Lee Pok Kwan and Man Kai Shan, the third seeds, finished in third place in their group; top spot went to Korea Republic’s Park Changgeon, Lee Hoyun and Kim Minsu, followed by Chinese Taipei’s Wang Chen-You, Chueh Chuang-Ting and Liang Chen-Wei.

Similarly for the fourth seeds, it was disappointment; Japan’s Tamito Watanabe and Kazuki Yoshima experienced a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Yen Kun-Lin, Zhang Huan-Qi and Shih Yu-Kai. The Chinese Taipei outfit remained unbeaten to top the group, for Japan is was runners up spot.

Problems for fourth seeds

Meanwhile, in the cadet girls’ team event, the top seeded Japanese combination of Sachi Aoki and Miwa Harimoto secured first place in their group as did the next in the order of merit, the Chinese Taipei selection of Tsai Yun-En, Cheng Pu-Syuan and Chu Yi-Ching.

Likewise, it was first position for their colleagues, Liu Ru-Yan, Chen Tsai-Ni and Hsu Tzu-Hsuan, the third seeds; however, for the fourth seeds it was disappointment. Hong Kong’s Chelsea Chan Shiu Lam and Wong Hoi Tung concluded matters in third position. Korea Republic’s Lee Dayeon, Yoo Dahyeon and Lee Daeun finished in first place ahead of Chinese Taipei’s Liang Yuan-Ting, Pao Chi-Hua and Lin Chien-Ying.

Play in the team events concludes on Thursday 26th September.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Chinese Taipei Junior & Cadet Open Amin Ahmadian

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