Recap of the 2019 BWF World Junior Championships


Recap of the 2019 BWF World Junior Championships

The BWF World Junior Championships were held in Kazan, Russia from Monday, October 7th to Sunday, October 13th

The BWF World Junior Championships took place in Kazan, Russia. The event featured over 450 athletes from across the world, 11 of them representing Canada, and 2 of which are ranked in the top 15 BWF Junior Ranking - Brian Yang being ranked 4th in men’s singles, and Talia Ng 13th in women’s singles.

Bring Yang who entered the tournaments as the 2nd seed started off strong defeating Kazakhstan’s Artem Korolev (2-21, 4-21). Brian carried his impressive form into the second round where he faced Callum Smith of Scotland and dismissed him handily (6-21, 2-21). The next round would prove to be much more challenging as Brian lost in a hard-fought battle to Chinese Cheng Ming Ren (21-18, 25-23). Next Brian will be competing in the X Santo Domingo as he continues his quest to qualify for Tokyo 2020.

Canada’s highest ranked women’s singles player Talia Ng, who entered the tournament as 10th seed, similarly started well defeating Australian Kaitlyn Ea in the first round (21-15, 21-13). Next up for Talia was Lui Lok Lok of Hong Kong who managed to push Talia to 3 games with Talia eventually coming out victorious (21-7, 15-21, 21-13). The third match for Talia faced off against Japan’s Akari Kurihara. In a showdown that lasted over an hour. Kurihara came out victorious (10-21, 21-18, 14-21) ending Talia’s run in the event.

Talia is also participating in women’s doubles partnered by Catherine Choi. After advancing to the round of 16 they faced a tough test squaring off against 4th seeded Lin Fang Ling and Zhou Xin Ru of China. The Chinese pair proved to be worthy adversaries winning the match (21-11, 21-18).

Other members of team Canada were also in action this week. Girls Double pairing Crystal Lai and Wen Yu Zhang took out Turkey’s 8th seeded Bengisu Ercetin and Zehra Erdem (21-18, 21-19) before being eliminated by Japanese duo Atsumi Miyazaki and Chihiro Uchiyama (21-12, 21-18). Wen Yu Zhang also had success in singles first defeating Kaoru Sugiyama of Japan (21-12, 21-15) before being matched up against the 3rd seed, Thailand’s Benyapa Aimsaard who proved too much to handle dismissing Wen Yu Zhang (21-12, 21-14).

"We are extremely pleased with the performances by all our athletes these past two weeks" said Mike Butler, National Team Head Coach. "Of course we would have loved to see one of our Canadians play for a medal, but they represented the flag well and left it all on the court."

Congratualtions to Team Canada for their impressive performances!

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