by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
The wins came prior to RadmilaTominjak securing the Cadet Girls’ Singles crown at the final expense of Kalina Hristova in a contest that was very much a reflection of the duel in the final of the Cadet Girls’ Team competition.
On that occasion the Serbian teenager had won in a full distance five games duel (10-12, 11-1, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6); in the Cadet Girls’ Singles final it was very much the same scenario but in somewhat more dramatic circumstances.
RadmilaTominjak, the no.4 seed, recovered from a two games to one deficit and the very brink of defeat in the fourth game to gain success against the top seed (11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-7).
Earlier in the latter rounds, at the quarter-final stage, Radmila Tominjak had accounted for colleague Danijela Karkusova, the no.5 seed, by the very narrowest of five game margins (18-16, 11-3, 10-12, 6-11, 13-11), before reserving her place in the final courtesy of success in opposition to Reka Bezeg (7-11, 13-11, 12-10, 13-11).
Notably Reka Bezeg was a player in form; at the quarter-final stage she ousted Bulgaria’s Reka Bezeg, the no.2 seed (11-6, 11-9, 11-4).
Meanwhile, in the opposite half of the draw, Kalina Hristova had accounted for Romania’s Luiza Popesu (11-8, 11-7, 13-15, 5-11, 11-9) in the round of the last eight, prior to overcoming Serbia’s Anna Fejos (11-7, 11-3, 12-10) in the semi-finals.