Singapore’s Isabelle Siyun Li won the Girls’ Singles title at the Malta Junior Open in Cottonera on Saturday 20th March 2010 and in so doing won her sixth career ITTF Junior Circuit Girls’ Singles crown.
Seeded no.1, she ousted the Pauline Chasselin of France in the quarter-finals before defeating the latter’s compatriot, Sarah Berge at the penultimate stage to book a final meeting with Egypt’s impressive Dina Meshref, the no.2 seed.
The French duo had both suffered in straight games and it was to be the same scenario in the final, with the defensive skills of the Singaporean impenetrable.
Sheer Class Once again on the ITTF Junior Circuit Isabelle Li was sheer class but the beaten finalist, Dina Meshref, presented enough evidence to suggest that such a title might come her way sooner rather than later.
At the quarter-final stage she beat Fanny Le Melledo of France before overcoming Isabelle Siyun Li’s colleague, Sylvia Look in the semi-finals.
Second of Year A sixth career ITTF Junior Circuit title for Isabelle Li and a second of the year to put her clear at the top of the ITTF Junior Circuit Girls’ Standings.
In February she won in Egypt have one week earlier been the runner up to Romania’s Camelia Postoaca in Bahrain.
Trilogy of Wins Top place on the Standings and that is a place to which she has become accustomed; she finished 2009 in first place as a result of a trilogy of wins in South America.
She won in Guayaquil at the Ecuador Junior Open, before succeeding in Buenos Aires at the Argentina Junior Open and in Coquimbo at the Chile Junior Open.
Second Title Furthermore, in Cottonera there was a second title; she won the Girls’ Doubles crown in partnership with Sylvia Look; the pair beating Dina Meshref and Sarah Berge in the final.
Israeli Gold Success for Singapore in the junior girls’ events but in the cadet age group category it was Israel who prevailed.
Nicole Trosman clinched gold beating Austria’s Melanie Luginger in the final with the French duo of Pauline Chasselin and Soline Haushalter being the respective beaten semi-finalists.
French Consolation Defeat for France but there was success for the French in the Girls’ Singles Consolation event; Andrea Quelen secured the top prize beating Israel’s Neli Shoifer in the final.
The counterpart boys’ event was won by Sweden’s Anders Eriksson with Anotonis Kypridemos of Cyprus the runner up.
Nicole Trosman, the Cadet Girls’ Singles winner at the Malta Junior Open.