04 Apr 2017

A place in the final of the Cadet Boys’ Team event at the 2017 Tunisia Junior and Cadet Open in Rades is guaranteed.

The Tunisia ‘A’ Team outfit comprising Youssef Ben Attia, Louay Hamrouni, Khalil Sta emerged successful at the quarter-final stage of proceedings, as did the Tunisia ‘D’ Team combination of Youssef Abid and Raed Alloumi; the two teams now meet in the semi-finals.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Youssef Ben Attia, Louay Hamrouni, Khalil Sta combined to beat colleagues Mohamed Amine Sta and Hamza Guerfali, representing Tunisia ‘B’, by three matches to one; the one success for the defeated being recorded by Mohamed Amine Sta. In the opening match of the fixture, he accounted for Louay Hamrouni (11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9).

A fine effort from the first team but pride of place must go to Youssef Abid and Raed Alloumi.

They recorded a three-two win against the Algeria ‘A’ Team pairing of Abderrahman Azzala and Abdelbasset Chaichi; notably Abdelbasset Chaichi beat both Youssef Abid (13-11, 11-3, 18-16) and Raed Elloumi (11-9, 11-8, 11-6) but that was the sum total of Algerian success.

Abderrahman Azzala was beaten by Raed Elloumi in the second match of the fixture (8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8) and by Youssef Abid in the concluding contest (12-10, 11-8, 11-6); the success for the latter coming after the Tunisians had won the vital doubles (11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6). 

Meanwhile, in the opposite half of the draw it was three-nil wins in both instances. The Italian duo of Matteo Gualdi and John Oyebode overcame the Egypt ‘A’ pairing of Omar Allam and Ahmed Elmahdy; India’s Payas Jain and Maanav Mehta ended the hopes of the Saudi Arabia ‘A’ Team partnership of Meshari Aldawsari and Khalid Alshareif.

The semi-finals and finals will be played later in the day.

World Junior Circuit Tunisia Junior and Cadet Open Youssef Abid Raed Alloumi

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