Taiwan's world No. 1 takes silver at ITF Junior Masters

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Tseng Chun-hsin (曾俊欣) / image taken from International Tennis Federation website (www.itftennis.com)

Tseng Chun-hsin (曾俊欣) / image taken from International Tennis Federation website (www.itftennis.com)

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) Taiwan's world No. 1 junior tennis player Tseng Chun-hsin (曾俊欣) had to settle for silver after being outplayed in the boys singles finals at the ITF Junior Masters in Chengdu, China Sunday.

With two Grand Slams under his belt this year in addition to four wins in Chengdu, the top seeded Tseng was toppled by world No. 13 Brandon Nakashima of the United States in straight sets 2-6, 1-6 in a match that lasted 58 minutes.

"Brandon was just too good today. He served and returned really deep, so I didn't have a lot of chances to get into the rallies or control many points," Tseng said, following what may be his last junior tournament.

"I'm very sad, but this has still been a great experience and I've learned a lot here to help me get better in the future," Tseng pointed out, revealing that he plans to turn professional next year.

"It can be good to lose sometimes as it makes it obvious what you need to improve on," he added.

From 2-2 in the first set, Tseng succumbed to Nakashima's consistency and accuracy which resulted in the Taiwanese player losing four consecutive games, allowing the American to take the first set 6-2.

Tseng broke with fine combinations in the second set, but that was only a minor blip in Nakashima's dominant display. Any hope of a comeback was quickly extinguished by a clinical display from the world No. 13 who defied his ranking to win the second set 6-1.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's Liang En-shuo (梁恩碩) lost to Clara Tauson of Denmark 2-6, 3-6 in the third place play-off to finish fourth in the girls singles.

The 2018 ITF Junior Masters was held Oct. 24-28 at the Sichuan International Tennis Center in Chengdu, China.

(By Lung Po-an and William Yen)

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