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Seeds Fall as Host Nation’s Rising Stars Seize Opportunities in Cetniewo
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor


Artur Bialek in form at Polish Junior Open  Photo By: Courtesy of Polish TTF

5/28/2010        2010 Polish Junior & Cadet Open - ITTF Junior Circuit (Click here to access this section)

Seeds fell like ninepins in the Boys’ Singles event at the Polish Junior Open in Cetniewo on Thursday 27th May 2010, the latest stop on the ITTF Junior Circuit.

None of the top four rated players reached the semi-final stage; bad news for the stars but where there is a loser, conversely there is a winner, the winner was the host nation.

Both Robert Floras and Artur Bialek booked semi-final places and it’s either good news or bad news depending on your point of view. Poland is guaranteed at least one player in the Boys’ Singles final.

Floras and Bialek are in the same half of the draw whilst in the opposite half it is France versus Sweden, Tristan Flore meets Hampus Soderlund.

Better News than in Moscow
Success for Poland, France and Sweden with the successes of Floras, Bialek, Flore and Soderlund to some extent raising their country’s spirits after their respective men’s teams had failed to book a last eight place in the Liebherr World Team Championships being staged in Moscow.

Major Casualty
Major casualty of the day in Cetniewo was the Czech Republic’s Pavel Sirucek.

Currently listed at no.2 on the ITTF Junior Circuit Standings and the winner of three ITTF Junior Circuit tournaments in 2010 – he won in Sweden, Austria and Spain – he was beaten at the quarter-final stage by Tristan Flore.

French Depart
Meanwhile, Romain Lorentz of France, the no.2 seed, departed in the third round, beaten by Robert Flores who then booked his semi-final place courtesy of Chinese Taipei’s Lee Chia-Sheng.

Similarly, Thomas Le Breton and Benjamin Brossier, both from France and seeded in the no.3 and no.4 places respectively, departed earlier than statistics predicted.

Poland’s Tomasz Wisniewski beat Le Breton in round two; whilst one round later Artur Bialek ended the progress of Benjamin Brossier.

No Further Progress
Two fine performances from host nation players but for Wisnieswski there was no more progress. He was beat by Belgium’s Laric Jean in round three who, in turn, suffered against the high energy Hampus Soderlund.

Boys’ Doubles
Problems for the seeded players in the Boys’ Singles competition but no such difficulties in the Boys’ Doubles where the top two seeds met in the final; however, there was a slight upset, the second seeds emerged with gold.

The French partnership of Romain Lorentz and Quentin Robinot emerged as the champions beating Pavel Sirucek and Robert Floras in the final.
 

   

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