- Published on Tuesday, 08 August 2017 03:35
- Written by Andy Yanne
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The top seeds were both toppled at The Fleming Hong Kong ITF Junior Tournament, as local entry Kai Wai Yu defeated Chinese Taipei's Tsai Chang-Lin, 6-2, 6-4, in the boys' final, while Thailand's Supapitch Kuearum beat Indonesia's Janice Tjen, 6-1, 6-0, to take the girls' title. John Hui, Managing Director of The Fleming, presided over the prize presentation ceremony.
"Tournaments like this help kids kickstart their junior careers before they make it to the Junior Slam level by the time they are 17, 18. In many ways, junior events are a steppingstone onto the pro circuit," said Hui, who was once ranked in the top 40 in singles and top 20 in doubles on the ITF Junior Circuit.
Up against number one seed Tsai Chang-Lin (ITF 409), Kai Wai Yu drew first blood by breaking in the fourth game to lead, 3-1.
Although the Taiwanese pegged the score back to 3-2 with a break of his own, he went on to lose serve twice more to concede the opening set, 6-2.
However, Kai Wai Yu was unable to capitalize on the momentum and instead lost two of his first three service games to fall behind 4-1.
Just when it seemed proceedings were heading to a final set, Kai Wai Yu broke his opponent to love, as he embarked on a five-game winning run to capture his maiden title on the ITF Junior Circuit in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
Kai Wai Yu, world ranked No. 763 at the start of the tournament, jumped 175 places to a new career-high No 588 after the win. He also accounted for the demise of No. 2 seed Ou Shan-Yuan of Chinese Taipei and No. 6 Dong Bohua of China in the previous rounds.
Back in March, the 16-year-old played number two singles for the Hong Kong Junior Davis Cup team that finished 7th at the Asia/Oceania Qualifying in New Delhi.
In the girls' singles final, Thailand's fourth-seeded Supapitch Kuearum (ITF 395) managed to win the first five games before top-seeded world No. 368 Janice Tjen got on the scoreboard to register her lone game in the opening set.
The first couple of games in the second set were the most hotly-contested, with Janice Tjen saving three break points before Supapitch Kuearum finally broke through to take a 1-0 lead.
The Thai then failed to consolidate the break until her fifth game point opportunity when she eventually held out for 2-0. From there, Kuearum produced two more breaks to close out the match, 6-1, 6-0, to bag her career-first title on the ITF Junior Circuit.
The boys' doubles title went to the Hong Kong-Canadian combo of Arthur Chau and Oscar Yang, who combined to beat fourth seed Kyle Tang and Tsai Chang-Lin in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6(5).
In the girls' doubles final, No. 1 seed Justine Leong and Cody Wong saw off Nicole Tsang of Hong Kong and Zhu Jiayun of China, 6-4, 6-4, to lift their first title together after the duo finished runners-up at the 2017 Tecnifibre Tennis Central Championships (G4) and Hong Kong ITF Junior Tennis Tournament 2016 (G4).
Cody Wong and Justine Leong were members of the Hong Kong Junior Fed Cup team that placed 5th at this year's Asia/Oceania Qualifying in New Delhi.
The Fleming Hong Kong ITF Junior Tournament (G5)
Victoria Park Tennis Stadium
July 31-August 5, 2017
Kai Wai Yu (HKG) d. (1)Tsai Chang-Lin (TPE) 6-2 6-4
(4)Supapitch Kuearum (THA) d. (1)Janice Tjen (INA) 6-1 6-0
Arthur Chau/Oscar Yang (HKG/CAN) d. (4)Kyle Tang/Tsai Chang-Lin (HKG/TPE) 6-3 7-6(5)
(1)Justine Leong/Cody Wong (HKG) d. Nicole Tsang/Zhu Jiayun (HKG/CHN) 6-4 6-4