by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Mainstay of the victory was Jo Yokotani, he remained unbeaten throughout. Immediately the group stage had finished, a three-one win was posted against the German duo of Kay Stumper and Carlos Dettling, the no.10 seeds, to reserve a quarter-final place.
Good form on the third day of play, one day later that form was maintained as victory by the same margin was recorded against the Russia ‘A’ team partnership of Maksim Grebnev and Vladislav Makarov, the no.4 seeds, prior to an even greater upset being caused in the penultimate round.
A third consecutive three-one victory margin was recorded, next to suffer was the Hungary ‘A’ pairing of Csaba Andras and Patrik Juhasz, the top seeds.
Impressive; in the final life was even more impressive. A three-nil success against the French duo of Jules Cavaille and Dorian Zheng, the no.2 seeds, secured the title.
In the opposite half of the draw, Jules Cavaille and Dorian Zheng had been unrelenting. At the quarter-final stage they had beaten the Belgian pairing of David Comeliau and Olav Kosolosky, the no.6 seeds, by three matches to nil, before in the semi-final repeating the same performance in opposition to the Hungary ‘B’ duo comprising Oliver Both and Norbert Derek, the no.7 seeds.
Surprise winners in the Cadet Boys’ Team event, there were also surprise winners in the Cadet Girls’ Team competition but not to such a great extent.
The combination of Germany’s Jane Kirner and Hong Kong’s Wong Chin Yau, the no.3 seeds, emerged victorious.
“We both really tried our best and we didn’t feel nervous. We are so tired, it was very important for us to keep on and not to give up. I don’t think I played well, because I am really tired; I tried just to put the ball on the table”, Wang Chin Yau
At the final hurdle they beat the top seeded Chinese Taipei outfit formed by Chien Tung-Chuan, Huang Yu-Jie and Chang Ju-Chia by three matches to one, having at the semi-final stage, ousted the combination of Russia’s Elizabet Abraamian and Ekaterina Zironova in a full distance contest.
Notably Wong Chin Yau remained unbeaten throughout.
In the opposite half of the draw at the semi-final stage Elizabet Abraamian and Ekaterina Zironova had recorded a three-nil win when facing Sweden’s Jennie Edvinsson and Rebecca Muskantor.
Team events over, play concludes on Sunday 6th November with the individual events in the cadet age group category.