05 Apr 2017

Impressive performances; on the second day of action, Tuesday 4th April, at the 2017 Tunisia Junior and Cadet Open in Rades, aspiring Italian teenagers attracted the attention.

Matteo Gualdi and John Oyebode combined to win the Cadet Boys’ Team event; Elisa Armanini and Evelyn Vivarelli secured the counterpart Cadet Girls’ Team crown.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

At the semi-final stage Matteo Gualdi and John Oyebode accounted for India’s Payas Jain and Maanav Mehta by three matches to one; the one win for the Indians being in the doubles (13-11, 3-11, 11-9, 4-11, 12-10).

In the final, there was to be no such charity, a three-nil outcome was the order of proceedings in opposition to the Tunisia ‘A’ combination of Youssef Ben Attia, Louay Hamrouni and Khalil Sta.

Matteo Gualdi beat Louay Hamrouni (11-5, 11-5, 11-7), before John Oyebode defeated Youssef Ben Attia (11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 12-10) and an Italian doubles success against Youssef Ben Attia and Louay Hamrouni concluded matters (14-12, 11-5, 11-7).

“We are very happy with our victory, we had gold as a goal since the start of the competition, my tactic is to positively and also to keep making changes.” John Oyebode

At the semi-final stage Youssef Ben Attia, Louay Hamrouni and Khalil Sta had recorded a three-one win in opposition to the Tunisia ‘D’ combination of Youssef Abid and Habib Ameur. The one win for Tunisia ‘D’ was gained by Youssef Abid; in the second match of the fixture, he defeated Khalil Sta (11-9, 11-8, 11-5).

Meanwhile for Elisa Armanini and Evelyn Vivarelli, it was a very similar story; at the final hurdle they recorded a three-one win over the Egypt ‘A’ Team comprising Farida Badawy and Hana Goda.

Evelyn Vivarelli beat both Hana Goda (11-6, 12-10, 11-5) and Farida Badawy (6-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 11-4), whilst Elisa Armanini accounted for Farida Badawy (11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 9-11, 11-2). The one success for the Egyptians was recorded in the doubles (6-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6).

“Very happy, but the end was very difficult especially as I was totally concentrating and I did not play well the doubles; I have to be more concentrated  for the next days  of the competition.” Evelyn Vivarelli

At the semi-final stage, Elisa Armanini and Evelyn Vivarelli had beaten the Tunisia ‘A’ pairing of Samar Hichri and Islam Wenaiss by three matches to nil; by the same margin Farida Badaway and Hana Goda had defeated the Tunisia ‘B’ pairing of Ferdaoues Manaa and Maram Zoghlami.


World Junior Circuit 2017 Tunisian Junior and Cadet Open Matteo Gualdi John Oyebode Evelyn Vivarelli Elisa Armanini

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