Jack Wong captures maiden ITF G3 singles title

Jack Wong captures maiden ITF G3 singles title

At theChina Junior 6 in Chengdu, Hong Kong'sJack Wongdefeated second seed Liu Yi Zhou in the final in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, to win his career first ITF G3 boys' singles title. He then teamed up with Jackie Tang to reach the boys' doubles semifinals before succumbing in a third set super-tiebreak to eventual champions Moerani Bouzige of Australia and Lyu Chengze of China, 6-1, 3-6, [10-5].

When factoring in the 60 points earned in singles and the 20 in doubles this past week, the latest rankings from the ITF on Monday shall net the 17-year-old local ace a new career-high edging closer towards the top-100.

The title showdown against No. 2 seedLiu Yi Zhouwas a lot closer than the score suggested, with many games reaching multiple deuces. However, early breaks at the start of both sets gave Wong the conviction to attack the forecourt purposefully, which he did so with high efficiency.

On the contrary, the early breaks rattled his opponent. Errors began to mount, and his play became increasingly erratic.

"I lost to him in the final at Shenzhen earlier this year, so I got a sense of what to expect. He served really well before but not this time, and I managed to take control of the rallies more by coming in whenever I could. I won a lot of points at the net today!" said the newly crowned champion.

Earlier in the quarterfinals, Wong squared off with No. 1 seedWang ChuKang(ITF 70), a player he had already faced twice before. Although he went down in frustration in their first meeting in Beijing last year, his straight-set demolition of his opponent in their subsequent face-off in Shenzhen in January gave him confidence for their impending meeting in Chengdu.

It certainly turned out that way, albeit hotly contested, as the HK rep conjured a pair of early breaks to take the opening set, 6-2, before stepping on the gas to take the second, 6-1.

The following semifinal against 5thseedLyu Chengzequickly became an uphill battle, as Wong dropped serve early to lose the opening set, 6-4. His opponent managed to break serve again in the beginning of the second and was poised to run away with this match.

To his credit, Wong put up strong resistance long enough to turn the tide for the number two seed's inability to pull away ultimately caused enough frustration to impact his previously high level of play.  After breaking back twice in succession, Wong took the second set 6-4 and rode with the momentum until 5-1 in the decider when he served for the match.

However, when the HK rep elected to serve and volley on his first match point, Lyu coolly passed him down the line with a blinding screamer.  The 2ndseed made matters worse for Wong when he fought all the way back on serve to trail just 5-4.

In what was a truly topsy-turvy affair, calamity then became a reality for Lyu when he belted a double fault at 30-40 the following game to lose the match, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Wong, who turns eighteen in August, has been training full-time at the Sports Institute. His typical weekday consists of hitting from 9:30am until noon, additional hitting between 2:00-4:00pm, followed by gym work until 5:30 pm. On Saturdays, he normally hits for three hours in the morning.

Next up, he will head over to Casablanca for a G1 and G3 on slow red dirt against some of the vaunted Clay Kings of Europe.

Results
China Junior 6 Chengdu (G3)
Mar 29 - Apr 2, 2016

BOYS' SINGLES

First Round
(6)Jack Wong (HKG) d. Di Yue Feng (CHN) 6-2 6-3
Yu Bingyu (CHN) d. Tiger Cheung (HKG) 6-2 6-3

Ng Ki Lung (HKG) d. Li Zhaoyuan (CHN) 6-0 6-2
(7)Mo Ye Cong (CHN) d. Jonathan Zhang (HKG) 6-1 6-3
(4)Jackie Tang (HKG) d. He Xiaoyu (CHN) 6-3 6-0
Sunny Yue (HKG) d. Hu Tian Yi (CHN) 6-0 6-3

(2)Liu Yi Zhou (CHN) d. Alester Magalit (HKG) 6-1 6-4

Second Round
(6)Jack Wong (HKG) d. Kai Kawano (JPN) 6-2 6-2
(5)Lyu Chengze (CHN) d. Ng Ki Lung (HKG) 6-3 6-0

(4)Jackie Tang (HKG) d. Fan Chong Yuan (CHN)7-6(3) 6-1

Sunny Yue (HKG) d. Zhou Xinmu (CHN) 6-4 7-6(5)

Quarterfinals
(6)Jack Wong (HKG) d. (1)Wang ChuKang (CHN) 6-2 6-1
(4)Jackie Tang (HKG) d. (7)Mo Ye Cong (CHN) 5-7 7-6(3) 6-0
(2)Liu Yi Zhou (CHN) d. Sunny Yue (HKG) 6-2 6-1

Semifinals
(6)Jack Wong (HKG) d. (5)Lyu Chengze (CHN) 4-6 6-4 6-4
(2)Liu Yi Zhou (CHN) d. (4)Jackie Tang (HKG) 7-6(5) 6-3

Final
(6)Jack Wong (HKG) d. (2)Liu Yi Zhou (CHN) 6-2 6-2


BOYS' DOUBLES
First Round
(1)Liu Yi Zhou/Wang ChuKang (CHN) d. Sunny Yue/Jonathan Zhang (HKG) 6-2 7-6(4)

(3)Jackie Tang/Jack Wong (HKG) d. Fan Chong Yuan/Mo Ye Cong (CHN) 2-6 6-3 [10-4]
Di Yue Feng/Liu Shiyou (CHN) d. Ng Ki Lung/Tiger Cheung (HKG) 6-1 6-2

Quarterfinals
(3)Jackie Tang/Jack Wong (HKG) d. Alester Magalit/Jerome Romualdez (HKG/PHI) 4-2 retired

Semifinals
(2)Moerani Bouzige/Lyu Chengze (AUS/CHN) d. (3)Jackie Tang/Jack Wong (HKG)
6-1 3-6 [10-5]

 

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