World Junior TT: Izumo and Zhu crowned champions

Japan’s Izumo Takuto and Hong Kong’s Zhu Chengzhu became the Boys and Girls champions respectively in the ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals here today.

Newly crowned world junior table tennis champions Izumo Takuto of Japan and Zhu Chengzhu of Hong Kong.   -  Special Arrangement

Japan’s Izumo Takuto and Hong Kong’s Zhu Chengzhu became the Boys and Girls champions respectively in the ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals here today.

The Japanese hardly broke a sweat when he beat Carlos Vedriel from Spain 4-0 in what was a one-sided final while Zhu, despite an upper hand, overcame stiff resistance to beat Park Seri of Korea 4-2.

“I played my natural game as I was determined to attack right from the word go. Carlos was making surprisingly too many mistakes and it helped my cause,” said Takuto. “I could gauge his body language after the second game and I simply kept the ball on the table for him to make mistakes,” added the fifth seed.

Results

Junior Boys

Final: Izumo Takuto (JPN) bt Carlos Vedriel (ESP) 4—0 (11—7, 11—7, 11—3, 11—5);

Semi-finals: Izumo Takuto (JPN) bt Zhang Kai (USA) 4—1 (11—6, 11—9, 7—11, 11—9, 12—10), Carlos Vedriel (ESP) bt An Jaehyun (KOR) 4—3 (11—7, 13—11, 11 —8, 8—11, 1—11, 10—12, 11—8).

Junior Girls

Final: Zhu Chengzhu (HKG) bt Park Seri (KOR) 4—2 (11—4, 11—6, 8—11, 11—6, 7—11, 11—7);

Semi-finals: Zhu Chengzhu (HKG) bt Andreea Dragoman (ROU) 4—0 (12—10, 12— 10, 11—4, 12—10), Park Seri (KOR) bt Adina Diaconu (ROU) 4—0 (11—5, 14—12, 11—7, 12—10).