12 Mar 2017

Winners of the Cadet Boys’ Team event; on the concluding day of play at the 2017 Italian Junior and Cadet Open in Lignano, the host nation’s Matteo Gualdi and John Oyebode both made positive starts to their campaigns, as attentions turned to the individual events in the younger age group.

Comprehensive wins, welcomed by their supporters were the order of proceedings.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

John Oyebode, the no.3 seed, beat Gerasimos Petris of Greece in three straight games (11-2, 11-6, 11-3), whilst Matteo Gualdi, the no.10 seed, overcame Hungary’s Norbert Terek in a very similar manner (11-2, 11-7, 11-5).

“I will try to win match after match, without setting a specific goal”, Matteo Gualdi,

“After the bronze in the Junior Boys’ Singles, the first podium in single in my life, I want another medal”, John Oyebode

Likewise, for the remaining leading names it was the very same scenario, in a competition where the top eight players on the entry list had received a direct entry to the main draw.

Csaba Andras, the top seed and like Norbert Terek from Hungary, established his authority on proceedings by beating the Czech Republic’s Filip Vybiral (11-4, 11-4, 11-7); whilst Portugal’s Tiago Li, the no.2 seed, accounted for Croatia’s, Lovro Zovko (11-9, 11-7, 11-7) and Belgium’s Adrien Rassenfosse ended the hopes of Tunisia’s Youssef Ben Attia (11-3, 11-9, 11-8).

Meanwhile, in a similar vein, Olov Kosolosky, also from Belgium and the no.5 seed, beat Bulgaria’s Martin Petrov (11-7, 11-8, 11-9); Norway’s Borgar Haug, the number no.6 seed, overcame Italy’s Andrea Puppo (11-9, 11-4, 11-7), whilst Croatia’s Ivor Ban defeated Olov Kosolosky’s colleague, Nicolas Degros (11-7, 11-5, 11-7) and Hungary’s Oliver Both ended the hopes of Croatia’s Stjepan Skoda (12-10, 11-9, 11-8).

Ivor Ban commenced play as the no.7 seed, Oliver Both the no.8 seed.

Day Five: watch the action unfold at the 2017 Italian Junior and Cadet Open

World Junior Circuit 2017 Italian Junior & Cadet Open Matteo Gualdi John Oyebode

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