SEEDING UPSETS IN BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS FIRST ROUND MATCHES AT VOLVO CHINA JUNIOR MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

The top seeds in both the boys’ and girls’ categories suffered surprise losses in their opening matches in the Volvo China Junior Match Play Championship today.

THE DUNES AT SHENZHOU PENINSULAR, 8 NOVEMBER 2017: 

Beijing-based Chen Peicheng, the 16th seed, took down number one seed Liang Enqi by a score of 3&1 on a showery but warm day on the West Course at the Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsular.

My long game was very good today so I gave myself lots of birdie opportunities,” said Chen, who won five of the first six-holes to assume a commanding lead over the top seed, Liang.

Today is my parents’ wedding anniversary and so I wanted to play well for them – I wanted to win this game and advance to the next round. This is the very best gift I could give them.

“Tomorrow I will continue to follow my playing strategy, especially as we have to play 36 holes,” added Chen, who will celebrate his 15th birthday tomorrow.

Yin Xiaowen, the girl’s 16th seed played the round of her young life to defeat top seed Liu Yiyi 1 up – an amazing result for the 12-year-old player from the eastern port city of Tianjin.

“It’s unbelievable for me to beat Liu Yiyi, she’s such a strong player, I knew I was in for a very tough game.

“This is my first time to play in the Volvo China Junior Match Play Championship and I was simply hoping to learn something from the more experienced players – I wasn’t expecting to beat the top seed.”

Hainan-based Li Linqiang, 14, was another player to exceed expectations by beating a higher placed seed in today’s round of 16 by thrashing the sixth seed, 17-year-old Zhu Yu, by a score of 5&4.

“I haven’t played in the Volvo China Junior Match Play Championship before but I knew the players would all be very strong this week,” said Li, who became the youngest player to make the cut in the European Challenge Tour Hainan Open in Sanya last month.

I was motivated to do well today and so I concentrated very hard throughout my first round match,” added Li. “I was faced with a strong competitor today, and although my long game was not as good as his, my iron play and putting were very sharp today, which is what carried me through to victory.

As a local player I had the advantage of being comfortable with the climate, so that also helped me today, even though I had never played the Shenzhou course before this week.”

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