Tsai Yu-Chin, the Cadet Girls' Singles champion in Jordan
Photo By: Courtesy of Jordan Table Tennis Federation
2016 Jordan Junior & Cadet Open - ITTF Junior Circuit (Click here to access this section)
Favourites for gold, the top seeds, Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun and Chinese Taipei’s Tsai Yu-Chin won the respective Cadet Boys’ Singles and Cadet Girls’ Singles titles at the 2016 Jordan Junior and Cadet Open on Friday 29th July, the concluding day of action in Amman.
Both staved off challenges from Egyptian adversaries to reserve the top step of the medal podium.
On the last day Yanapong Panagitgun accounted no less than five Egyptian players en route to gold.
He beat Adham Abdelaar (11-2, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8), Mazen Farouk (11-7, 11-7, 11-5) and Ahmed Elborhamy (11-1, 11-8, 11-8), prior to securing the title at the final expense of Abdelraham Dendan (11-8, 11-2, 11-8).
Similarly, in the opposite half of the draw, Abdelrahman Dendan had confronted colleagues.
He overcame Sweden’s Jens Holmqvist (11-6, 11-5, 11-4), prior to defeating Omar Elsafty (11-6, 13-11, 4-11, 11-7) and Marwan Abdelwahab (11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 6-11, 11-8) to reserve his place in the final.
Success for Egypt and Sweden
Defeats for Egypt and Sweden; however there was success for those two countries.
Marwan Abdelwahab and Ahmed Elborhamy combined to win the Cadet Boys’ Doubles title beating colleagues Adham Abdelaal and Mazen Farouk in the final (10-12, 12-10, 11-6, 12-10). For Sweden, Linus Keraenen won the Mini Cadet Boys’ Singles title; at the final hurdle he accounted for Egypt’s Omar Allam (11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7).
An impressive performance by Yanapong Panagitgun, it was the very same from Tsai-Yu-Chin.
Likewise she ended the aspirations of Egypt; she accounted Sara Swaify (11-4, 11-7, 11-6) and Hana Mahmoud (11-4, 11-7, 11-5), before overcoming compatriot, Chien Tung-Chien to seal the title (12-10, 12-10, 12-10). In the adjacent half of the draw Chien Tung-Chuan had beaten Lebanon’s Laetitia Azar (11-9, 11-1, 11-6) and Egypt’s Joumana Elkholy (11-5, 11-8, 11-6) to reserve her place in the final.
Gold for Tsai Yu-Chin in the Cadet Girls’ Singles event; earlier in the day it had been Junior Girls’ Doubles success in partnership with Chien Tung-Chuan.
The previous day they had combined to win the Cadet Girls’ Team event, on the final day they combined once again. They accounted Egypt’s Farah Abdelaal and Joumana Elkholy to arrest the Cadet Girls’ Doubles title (11-5, 11-5, 11-5).
Yanapong Panagitgun, the winner of the Cadet Boys’ Singles title in Amman
Photo courtesy of Amman Table Tennis Federation
It was for Yanapong Panagitgun the second ITTF Junior Circuit Cadet Boys’ Singles title of his career and the second of the year in three title deciding appearances.
Earlier in the year in February he won in Qatar, before on home soil in Thailand in May being the runner up. In Qatar he beat Iran’s Amin Ahmadian in the final; in Thailand, he was beaten by Korea’s Park Gyeongtae.
Seventh of Career
Meanwhile, for Tsai Yu-Chin it was her first ITTF World Junior Circuit Cadet Girls’ Singles final of the year but no less than the seventh of her career.
In 2014, she reached the final in Chinese Taipei where she was beaten by Korea’s Sim Hunju but in the same year in Hungary, she emerged successful accounting for Serbia’s Izabela Lupulesku to seal the top prize.
One year later in 2015, she won in Hong Kong beating Japan’s Miyu Nagasaki in the final but in Spain, Chinese Taipei and Hungary; she had to settle for the silver medal position. In Spain and Hungary it was defeat against Japanese adversaries; in the former by Miu Hirano, in the latter by Miyu Nagasaki. On home ground in Chinese Taipei, Fang Sih-Han proved her nemesis.
Title for Iraq
Success for Chinese Taipei and there was also success for Iraq; Asma Hayt beat colleague, Saja Muh in a full distance five games final to win the Mini Cadet Girls’ Singles event.
Next Stop El Salvador
Play concluded in Jordan; next on the ITTF World Junior circuit itinerary is the 2016 El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open.
Proceedings commence in San Salvador on Thursday 25th August.