Elizabeta Samara, four ITTF World Junior Circuit Girls' Singles titles in 2007
Four ITTF World Junior Circuit tournaments to date in 2007; Romania’s Elizabeta Samara has played in all four and she has won the Girls’ Singles title in all four.
In January she won in Tunisia and in Bahrain, in February she won in Qatar and Sweden; those are the reasons why she is a staggering 874 points clear of her nearest rival at the top of the ITTF World Junior Circuit Girls’ Singles Standings.
Playing outside her own continent of Europe, Elizabeta Samara collected 300 points for winning in Tunisia, Bahrain and Qatar whilst in Sweden, playing in her own continent; she captured 250 points for her efforts.
A total of 1,150 points, her nearest rival is the player she beat in the final in Bahrain and in the quarter-finals in Qatar, Canada’s Zhang Mo. She has 276 points.
Third place in the Girls’ Singles Standings is Russia’s Elena Troshneva who was the runner up in Qatar and a quarter-finalist in Sweden. She has 262 points and is ahead of Singapore’s Sim Kai Xin with 220 points and Romania’s Irina Hoza with 216 points.
Meanwhile, success in the Boys’ Singles event at the Safir International tournament in Örebro on Thursday 22nd February 2007 sees Russia’s Mikhail Paykov enter the Boys’ Singles Standings. He gained 250 points for his efforts in Sweden and appears in fifth place.
Indonesia’s Gilang Maulana is in first place on the boys’ list, having been a semi-finalist in Bahrain and the winner in Qatar. He has 360 points.
Colleagues, Ahmad Marufin and Ficky Supit Santoso are in joint second spot with 320 points.
Ahmed Marufin was the runner up in both Bahrain and Qatar whilst Ficky Supit Santoso won in Bahrain but in Qatar exited proceedings in the quarter-finals.
Third place is occupied by Pierre Bézard of France. He won the Boys’ Singles crown at the Tunisia Junior Open and having won outside his home continent, he has 300 points.
Boys: 1. Gilang Maulana (INA) 360pts 2. Ahmad Marufin (INA) 320pts 2. Ficky Supit Santoso (INA) 320pts 4. Pierre Bézard (FRA) 300pts 5. Mikhail Paykov (RUS) 250pts 6. Andy Pereira (CUB) 192pts 6. Benjamin Rogiers (BEL) 192pts 7. Alexandru Petrescu (ROU) 168pts 9. Lauric Jean (BEL) 152pts 10. Vincent Baubet (FRA) 132pts 10. Pawel Fertilowski (POL) 132pts 10. Kentaro Miuchi (JPN) 132pts 10. Seo Jung Hwa (KOR) 132pts
Girls: 1. Elizabeta Samara (FRA) 1150pts 2. Zhang Mo (CAN) 276pts 3. Elena Troshneva (RUS) 262pts 4. Sim Kai Xin (SIN) 220pts 5. Irina Hoza (ROU) 216pts 6. Alena Dubkova (BLR) 192pts 6. Yuka Ishigaki (JPN) 8. Mireal Durak (HRV) 9. Natallia Zhyshkevich (BLR) 10. Isabelle Li (SIN) 140pts 11. Nastassia Hulevich (BLR) 11. Lee So Bong (KOR) 132pts 11. Misako Wakamiya (JPN) 132pts