02 Sep 2016

Lining up alongside the host nation’s Samar Hichri and colleague Selja Fazlic, Germany’s Caroline Hajok remained unbeaten to guide her colleagues to success in the Junior Girls’ Team event at the Sopal 2016 Tunisia Junior and Cadet Open in Hammamet on Thursday 1st September.

One match remaining to be played in the group organised event, a three matches to one victory, in opposition the Tunisian combination of Mariem Ben Cheikh, Fasdwa Garci and Abir Haj Salah, sealed the title.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Impressively in the concluding contest Caroline Hajok beat Mariem Ben Cheikh (9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-9) and Fadwa Garci (11-9, 11-6, 12-10) to prove the backbone of her team’s success.

The one remaining win for the champions elect was recorded by Selja Fazlic; in the second match of the engagement she overcame Fadwa Garci (10-12, 11-7, 11-9, 14-12). The one win for the defeated was secured by Abir Haj Salah; in the contest of the engagement, she defeated Samar Hchri (11-7, 13-15, 11-6, 11-8).

Further gold for host nation

Gold for one player from the host nation, there was gold for a second. Manel Baklouti partnered India’s Diya Parag Chitale to gold.

Furthermore, they emerged successful in a most authoritative manner.

They overcame the Tunisian combination of Maram Aoghlami and Fara Mahjoub by three matches to nil, before recording the same score-line in the final in opposition to Egypt’s Roa Amro and Shad Sameh.

Final stages

In the final Diya Parag Chitale gave her team the perfect start by beating Shahd Sameh (8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5), before Manel Baklouti defeated Roa Amro (11-4, 11-7, 11-5) and a doubles success ended matters.

Victory against Lebanon

Earlier in the counterpart semi-final, Roa Amro and Shad Sameh had overcome the Lebanon ‘A’ team duo of Laetita Azar and Jennifer Khayat by three matches to one.

The one success for Lebanon came in the doubles when Laetita Azar and Jennifer Khayat posted a four games win.

Individual events begin

Play in the Junior Girls’ Team and Cadet Girls’ Team events over; attention now turns to the individual events, proceedings commence on Friday 2nd September.

World Junior Circuit Tunisia Junior and Cadet Open Caroline Hajok Selja Fazlic

Match Highlights