09 Oct 2016

Successful earlier in the week when securing the Cadet Girls’ Team title on home soil at the 2016 Serbia Junior and Cadet Open, 13 year old Radmila Tominjak completed the full house, by winning both the Cadet Girls’ Doubles and Cadet Girls’ Singles events on Sunday 9th October, the concluding day of play in Vrnjacka Banja.

In the Cadet Girls’ Team competition, she had joined forces with colleague Reta Bezeg to win gold; in the Cadet Girls’ Doubles event she partnered Daniela Karkusova, also from Serbia, to claim the top prize. At the final hurdle, the duo overcame the Bulgarian partnership of Kalina Hristova and Ivet Ilieva (11-4, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5).

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.

2016 Serbia Junior and Cadet Open: Main Draw – Cadet Girls’ Singles
2016 Serbia Junior and Cadet Open: Main Draw – Cadet Boys’ Doubles

World Junior Circuit Serbia Junior and Cadet Open Daniela Karkusova Kalina Hristova Radmila Tominjak Reka Bezeg