Lee Chia-Sheng beaten by Zhang Jiete
Photo By: Donald Chin
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Chinese Taipeiís Lee Chia-Sheng was the notable name to experience defeat in the first stage of proceedings at the Nikon Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open on the third day of play, Friday 17th August 2012.
The second seed, he was beaten in five games by Chinaís Zhang Jiete (8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7). However, it is not the end of the road for the 17 year old; the players finishing in first and second places in each group qualified for the main draw.
In his opening match of the day Lee Chia-Sheng accounted for Malaysiaís Leong Chee Feng (11-7, 11-6, 11-7) and thus secured second place in the group. Top place in the group went to Zhang Jiete.
He concluded his first stage matches with victory over the luckless Leong Chee Feng (11-9, 11-8, 11-6).
First Place for Leading Names
Otherwise for the leading names it was first place in their respective groups and places in the main draw.
Chinaís Liang Jingkun, a semi-finalist one year ago in Hong Kong and the top seed, duly finished in first place in his group as did the host associationís Chiu Chung Hei, the no.3 seed and Singaporeís Xin Zhaoxu, the no.4 seed.
The Same Scenario
First place in the group for the third and fourth seeds; it was the same for the next four in the pecking order.
Chinaís Yu Ziyang, Chinese Taipeiís Wen Wei-Chih, Singaporeís Clarence Chew and Hsu Chia-Liang, also from Chinese Taipei; also finished in first place in their respective groups and thus progressed to the main draw.
Problems Lower Down List
The only other notable names to experience problems in the group stage of the Junior Boysí Singles were Chinese Taipeiís Lin Hsuan-Ming, the no.10 seed and Thailandís Padasak Tanyviriyavechal, the no.13 seed.
Both suffered one defeat and concluded the day in second place in their respective groups.
Lin Hsuan-Ming was beaten by Japanís Tomo Miyazaki (9-11, 8-11, 14-12, 11-8, 12-10); whilst Padasak Tanyviriyavechal lost to Hong Kongís Li Min Hong (11-3, 11-9, 12-10).
Tomo Miyazaki topped the group by beating Yim Man Cheuk (11-4, 11-8, 11-3) as did Lin Hsuan-Ming (11-7, 10-12, 11-5, 11-5).
Meanwhile, Li Min Hong beat Chinese Taipeiís Chang Chia-Chin (7-11, 15-13, 11-4, 11-5); a feat Padasak Tanyviriyavechal had achieved in his opening match (11-4, 10-12, 11-6).
Same for Cadet Boys
One defeat amongst the top eight seeds in the Junior Boysí Singles event and it was the same in the Cadet Boysí Singles competition.
Hong Kongís Kwan Man Ho, the no.6 seed, was beaten by Chinese Taipeiís Tsai Chu-Yu (11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7). Tsai Chu-Yu duly finished in first place in the group by defeating Malaysiaís Ong Jung Leang (11-2, 11-1, 11-1). Kwan Man Ho finished in second place in the group; he overcame Ong Jung Leang (11-3, 11-6, 11-2) in his opening group match.
No Great Problems
Defeat for the sixth seeds but no such troubles for the top five seeds; Hong Kongís Hung Ka Tak, the top seed, duly finished in first place in his group as did Chinese Taipeiís Yang HJeng-Wei, Singaporeís Yin Jing Wan and Yu Cheng-Feng, also from Chinese Taipei.
Also, Thailandís Komrit Sangpao, the no.7 seed and Hong Kongís Tan Hoi Yen, the no.8 seed, finished in first place in their respective groups.
Third Spot in Group
Second place in the group for the sixth seed but lower down the order for Singaporeís Poh Shao Feng, the no.10 seed and Hong Kongís Wong Ho Hin, the no.11 seed, the news was much worse.
Both finished in third place in their respective groups and thus failed to qualify for the main draw.
Poh Shao Feng lost to Chinese Taipeiís Lee Hung-Yu (11-2, 11-7, 11-9) and to Hong Kongís Tang Yui Hong (11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 10-12, 11-6); whilst Wong Ho Chin was beaten by Tsen Yi-Cheng, also from Chinese Taipei (11-4, 11-2, 11-8) and by Singaporeís Loy Meng Hean (11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7).
Lee Hung-Yi and Tsen Yi-Cheng emerged as the winners of the group; Lee Hung-Yi beat Tan Hui Hong (11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 13-11) and Tsen Yi-Ching overcame Loy Meang Hean (11-3, 13-11, 11-4) to finish in first place in the group stage.