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Hung Tze Hsiang Wins The 2011 Joola Hungarian Junior Open

Hung Tze Hsiang wins the 2011 Joola Hungarian Junior Open
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The 17 year old boy from Chinese Taipei, Hung Tze Hsiang, seeded first, stood victorious in the 2011 Joola Hungarian Junior Open in Tata, Hungary. He won both the Boy’s Singles event and the Boy’s Teams event. Hung Tze Hsiang was able to overcome Michael Benes from Czech Republic, France's Enzo Angles and Alexandre Robinot, Tamas Lakatos of Hungary and Dragan Subotic of Serbia.

Hung Tze Hsiang’s endurance was tested at the start of the 2011 Joola Hungarian Junior Open where he had to fight with Michal Benes of Czech Republic in seven full rounds. At the end of the match, Hung overcame the challenge and won by 4-3 (11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 11-8).

After winning the close match in the opening round, Hung Tze Hsiang’s confidence was evidently increasing. With much confidence, he successfully defeated Enzo Angles by   4-1 (11-8, 14-12, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6) and the host nation’s Tamas Lakatos in four straight easy rounds 4-0 (11-6, 12-10, 11-2, 11-5).

Having advanced to the semifinals, Hung Tze Hsiang fought against Alexandre Robinot, seeded number nine. Again, the boy from Chinese Taipei crushed his opponent in four easy straight sets 4-0 (11-7, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7) and booked his place in the championship match.

In the final hurdle, Hung Tze Hsiang started very well against Dragan Subotic of Serbia after winning the first two sets of 11-4, 11-7. In the third round, Hung was challenged by the second seed Dragan Subotic and lost by 13-15. Hung Tze Hsiang came back very quickly in the fourth round with an impressive 11-2 score. In the fifth round, Dragan tried his best to block Hung Tze Hsiang in ending the match and eventually, reached to several match points. However, Hung Tze Hsiang was more determined to end the game and posted a score of 13-11, 4-1.
 
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