24 Feb 2017

16-year old Shunsuke Togami from Japan won his first ITTF World Junior Circuit title at the Swedish Junior and Cadet Open currently being staged in Orebro, Sweden. On the second day of the tournament, 23rd February 2017, the Japanese beat Remi Menand of France in six games (11-8, 11-6, 2-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-4).

By Neha Aggarwal

With this win, Shunsuke Togami took home the junior boys’ crown, having made his international debut in 2016 at the Slovak Junior and Cadet Open in June 2016. There, Togami lost in the quarter finals to Tobias Hippler of Germany in a very narrow margin, a full seven games duel, loosing 9-11 in the decider.

But in Orebro, he was a different man. In the finals, he started off very strong and took the initial lead of 2-0 against Menand. But Menand would never give up, he came back strong winning the next two games 2-11 and 10-12.

“My concentration was low for some moments. In the fifth set I got my concentration back and I just focused on next point,” said Shunsuke Togami

The Japanese whipped off the next two games 11-8, 11-4 despite having to work hard to win each and every point. An extremly thrilling finals came to an end Togami winning the match 4-2.

Earlier in the semi-finals, he beat Russia’s Denis Ivonin, ranked no.24 in Under-18 February global ranking. The match saw the score of 11-0 come to life as Togami crushed Ivonin 11-0 in the first game. He won in five games (11-0, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 14-12).

Surprisingly, the top two seeded players of the tournament were show the doors in the round of 16. Top seed USA’s Kanak Jha bowed out to Japan’s Aoto Asazu in a well fought six games match (9-11, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5,11-5, 6-11). On the other side, the second seed of the tournament Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko was knocked down by the winner, Shunsuke Togami in a quick five games duel (11-4, 12-10, 11-8, 7-11,11-5).

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Adriana DIAZ, PUR03


World Junior Circuit Kanak Jha Vladimir Sidorenko Shunsuke Togami Remi Menand

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