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.
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.