18 Sep 2016

Winner two days earlier of the Junior Girls’ Singles title, Chinese Taipei’s Su Pei-Ling was very much the star of the show on the fourth day of play, Saturday 17th September, at the 2016 Croatia Junior and Cadet Open in Varazdin.

She remained unbeaten as she joined forces with colleague Wen Ruei-Ling and the host nation’s Karla Franovic to secure the Junior Girls’ Team title.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

At the semi-final stage she proved crucial to her team’s aspirations as a three matches to two full distance win was recorded.

Narrow margin

She recovered from a two games to nil deficit to beat Luisa Saeger in the opening match of the engagement by the very narrowest of margins (8-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-9), before in the fifth and determining contest defeating Janina Kammerer (11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 11-4).

The one further win for the champions elect was recorded by Wen Ruei-Ling against the luckless Luisa Saeger who once again suffered by the minimal two point margin in the fifth game (9-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9). The wins for Germany were recorded in the second match and third matches of the contest.

Janina Kammerer won a thrilling five games duel against Wen Rue-Ling (11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 9-11, 12-10), before Caroline Hajok accounted for Karla Franovic (12-10, 11-5, 11-8).


A place in the final booked; once again Su Pei-Ling was pivotal to victory.

“Throughout, the whole tournament I felt fantastic I had wonderful players beside me, so I could play in a very relaxed way; Su Pei-Ling and Wen Ruei-Ling are outstanding players.” Karla Franovic

She repeated the success of the Junior Girls’ Singles final by beating Japan’s Kana Takeuchi (11-5, 11-8, 11-6) to give her team the early lead, before the latter’s colleague, Yuko Kato levelled matters by overcoming Wen Ruei-Ling (11-6, 11-5, 11-5).

Matters level, Karla Franovic beat Raquel Andrade (11-9, 11-7, 11-9), before Wen Ruei-Ling accounted for Kana Takeuchi to conclude matters (11-7, 13-11, 11-7).

Equally testing

Testing times for the champions; for the runners up, the semi-final had been equally testing; a three-two win had been the result against the Serbian trio formed by Sabina Surjan, Tijana Jokic and Dragana Vignjevic.

Mainstay of the win was Kana Takeuchi; she beat Tijana Jokic in the second match of the fixture (11-4, 11-4, 11-9) and Sabina Surjan in the decisive fifth match (8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6).

Further win

The one further win for the victors was recorded in the opening match of the fixture when Yuko Kato defeated Sabina Surjan (11-9, 11-8, 11-4); the wins for Serbia were recorded in the third and fourth matches of the engagement as a recovery was mounted.

Dragana Vignjevic overcame Raquel Andrade (11-3, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5), before Tijana Jokic accounted for Yuko Kato (4-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7) to level matters.

Alas for Serbia there to be no memorable conclusion; Kana Takeuchi ended aspirations.

World Junior Circuit Croatia Junior and Cadet Open Su Pei-Ling Wen Ruei-Ling Karla Franovic