by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
It was very much the same scenario for the second seeded German formation of Janina Kammerer, Jennie Wolf and Jule Wirlman; they topped their group with an unblemished record.
However, in an event that witnessed three seeds in the opening phase of proceedings, life was much more testing for the Serbian outfit comprising Sabina Surjan, Tijans Jokic and Dragana Vignjevic, the third seeds. They were extended the full five match distance by the Hungarian outfit of Orsolya Feher, Kata Fule and Dragana Vignjevic.
Mainstay of the victory was Sabina Surjan. She beat both Orsolya Feher (11-2, 11-4, 7-11, 12-10) and Kata Fule (11-7, 11-8, 11-6); the one remaining success for Serbia was recorded by Tijana Joki, in the second match of the fixture, she accounted for Kata Fule (11-7, 11-8, 11-6).
The wins for Hungary were secured in the second and third matches of the engagement. Fanni Gondor overcame Dragana Vignjevi (11-7, 15-17, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9), followed by success for Orsolya Feher in opposition to Tijana Joki (12-10, 11-8, 11-4).
First places in the Junior Girls’ Team event decided; it was the same in the Cadet Girls’ Team competition where there were four groups in the initial phase.
France (Chloe Chomis, Prithika Pavade, elia Silva), Germany (Sophia Klee, Anastasia Bondareva) and Slovenia (Katarina Strazar, Lara Opeka, Lea Paulin) alongside Italy (Valentina Roncallo, Lisa Bressan, Jamila Laurenti) emerged in first places in their respective groups.
Play in the Junior Girls’ Team and Cadet Girls’ Team events conludes on Thursday 22nd September.