22 Oct 2017

2017 ITF Junior Masters: Who's who

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Yu Hsiou Hsu (TPE)

In the build up to this year’s ITF Junior Masters, we are introducing the players who will compete in Chengdu. Our latest article takes a closer look at Hsu Yu Hsiou from Chinese Taipei.

Hsu made his junior circuit debut as a 14-year-old at a Grade 4 event in Chinese Taipei in October 2013. He fell in the opening round of singles but, alongside Jad Ballout, Hsu reached the semifinals of the doubles.

He did not have to wait long for his first final, coming in just his third tournament. At a Grade 5 in Chinese Taipei in March 2014, Hsu came through qualifying and only dropped one set on his road to the final. In the final, he fell to Lo Chien Hsun. He went one better in the doubles, lifting his first junior title with Lin Liang Yu.

In October 2014, he was back in a final. Staying in Chinese Taipei for a Grade 4 event, Hsu again reached the final losing just one set along the way, but again fell in the title match, this time against Tsai Ching-Huang.

In Hsu’s very next tournament, a Grade 5 in Chinese Taipei, he stormed through the field, never losing more than four games in a set, to reach a second consecutive final. And when his former doubles partner Lin retired down a set and 1-0, Hsu had his first singles title.

Much of Hsu’s success early in 2015 came on the doubles court, winning two titles. In June, at a Grade 4 in Indonesia, he completed the double, winning both the singles and doubles titles.

His performances on the tour earned him a spot in his first Grade 1 tournament in China in August 2015. He reached the third round in the singles, and the quarterfinals of the doubles before falling to Wu Yibing, the current junior world No. 1 and top seed in this year’s ITF Junior Masters, in both draws.

In September 2015, Hsu represented Chinese Taipei at the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Madrid. He went 2-2 in singles rubbers, and won three of his five doubles rubbers as Chinese Taipei finished 9th.

In October 2015, Hsu contested his first Grade A tournament, at the Osaka Mayor’s Cup in Japan, but fell in the opening round of both the singles and doubles.

In 2016, Hsu earned a number of titles across both singles and doubles in Grade 3, 4 and 5 events and, in August, reached his first Grade 1 final. Competing at the same Grade 1 event in which he had made his debut at that level the previous year in China, Hsu strolled to the title, defeating all comers without dropping a set. He also reached the doubles final alongside compatriot Lo Chien Hsun, but the pair fell in a deciding third set.

He returned to the Osaka Mayor’s Cup and put in a series of impressive performances before eventually falling to Miomir Kecmanovic, who competed in Chengdu last year, in the semifinals.

In January this year, Hsu contested a Junior Grand Slam for the first time Yu Hsiou Hsu (TPE)at the Australian Open. He reached the third round in singles, losing to eventual champion Zsombor Piros, but fared much better on the doubles court. Playing with Zhao Lingxi, the pair won four matches in a deciding set as they lifted the title.

He did not fare as well on clay, losing in the first round of singles and second round of doubles at Junior Roland Garros. He also fell in the opening round of singles at Junior Wimbledon, but again impressed in the doubles. He and Axel Geller, the No. 2 seed in this year’s ITF Junior Masters, won two matches in a deciding set, including a 76(5) 67(3) 108 win in the semifinals, and went on to lift the title.

In his most recent junior event, the Junior US Open, Hsu completed a hat trick of doubles Grand Slam titles. He fell in the second round of singles but, playing alongside Wu Yibing, who would go on to win the singles title as well, the duo lifted the doubles crown, earning an entertaining 64 57 [11-9] win in the final.

On the ITF Pro Circuit, Hsu’s debut came as a 16-year-old when he qualified and reached the second round at a Futures event in Chinese Taipei in August 2015.

In September 2016, Hsu was given a wildcard into qualifying for the Kaohsiung Challenger (TPE) but fell in the second round. He also received a wildcard into the doubles main draw, but lost in the second round.

In October 2016, Hsu recorded back-to-back main draw wins for the first time as he reached the quarterfinals of a futures event in Chinese Taipei. Two weeks later, he went one better and reached the semifinals of a Futures event, again in Chinese Taipei.

In April of this year, he was given a wildcard into the Taipei Challenger (TPE), but fell in the third round of qualifying and the opening round of the doubles. Earlier this month, he played in the main draw of a challenger event for the first time, falling to Marinko Matosevic in the opening round at the Kaohsiung Challenger (TPE), but reached the quarterfinals of the doubles alongside Wu Tung-Lin.

The 2017 ITF Junior Masters will take place at the Sichuan International Tennis Center in Chengdu, China on 25-29 October.