Japan Table Tennis Weekly Highlights August-12-2019 － 這週日本的兵乓球
Photo: Matushima Sora (left) and OJIO Haruna (right)/ By ittfflickr
2019 ITTF Junior Circuit Golden, Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open was held from August 7th to 11th, with 12 titles, including junior singles, junior doubles, junior team events, cadet singles, cadet doubles, and cadet team events for men’s and women’s respectively.
Japanese players like MATUSHIMA Sora, HARIMOTO Miwa, and OJIO Haruna took part in the tournament and won 5 titles out of 12.
Photo: MATUSHIMA Sora won the men’s cadet singles title./ By ittfflickr
In men’s cadet singles, MATSUSHIMA Sora got the title. He won the first game in men’s junior singles but have lost 4 games against an 18-year old player from Thailand. He ultimately ended up at top 16. However, in the cadet singles tournament, he managed to win 2 full-game matches and proved his incredible abilities.
WATANABE Tamito also took part in the cadet singles tournament. He did his best but lost against his opponent, a Chinese Taipei player. He also ended up at the top 16.
MATUSHIMA Sora/ WATANABE Tamito pair ranked 8th in the cadet doubles. They won the first game against Chinese Taipei pair, the winner of cadet doubles tournament, but didn’t make it in the second game. They’ve fought well but unfortunately lost control of the game in the end.
Photo: HARIMOTO Miwa won the regrettable runner-up./ By ittfflickr
In the women’s singles, OJIO Haruna won the junior title. During the quarter final, OJIO was able to beat her teammates AKAE Kaho which took her to the finals in a very excellent condition. She played a seesaw game with a Korean player and initially lost 3 games. Despite the intense match, she remained cool, calm & collected which resulted to an amazing comeback after a full game.
Japan also won the junior women’s team competition with OJIO and AKAE, safely defeating home Hong Kong team twice in a row . On the other hand, in the Cadet, HARIMOTO Miwa and AOKI Sachi also won the team event.
In the cadet singles, HARIMOTO Miwa became runner-up. Although she showed safe victories until the finals, but in the finals, she lost by straight game. Since HARIMOTO had beaten the opponent of the singles finals in the team event, it was a regrettable 2nd place.
OJIO Haruna and HARIMOTO Miwa they won the title in all straight games under cadet doubles category. Surprisingly, OJIO proudly took home triple crowns: junior singles, junior team event, and cadet doubles.