Players of the U21 event had a hard day at the 2012 ITTF Grand Finals. In the first day, players played all the matches of the group phase to define semifinalists. Korea's Jung Youngsik won the group A after beaing Japan's Yuto Muramatsu by 4:3 and Singapore's Chen Feng by 4:1. The second place went to Muramatsu who defetaed Taipei's Chen Chien-An and Chen Feng by 4:1.
In the group B, Patrick Franziska remained unbeaten and got the first place. The German player stood victorious over Noshad Alamiyan by 4:3, Simon Gauzy by 4:0 and Kristian Karlsson by 4:0. Alamiyan got the second place as he overcame Gauzy and Karlsson by 4:2.
Jung Youngsik vs Noshad Alamiyan
Patrick Franziska vs Yuto Muramatsu
Patrick Franziska vs Noshad Alamiyan 2012 ITTF Grand Finals
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Simon Gauzy vs Kristian Kaslsson 2012 ITTF Grand Finals
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In the girls event, Kasumi Ishikawa stood victorious in the group A. The Japanese player overcame Yang Haeun and Sabine Winter by 4:0 but she fell against Taipei's Chen Szu-Yu by 4:2. Chen stayed in the second place as she beat Ishikawa and Winter by 4-1.
Jeon Jihee won the group B as she emerged successfully over Cheng I-Ching by 4:3, Lee Hi Ching by 4:1 and Misaki Morizono by 4:1. The second place went to Cheng after beating Lee by 4:1 and Morizono by 4:2.
Kasumi Ishikawa vs Cheng I-Ching
Jeon Jihee vs Chen Szu-Yu
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