07 Apr 2017

Semi-finalist earlier in the year in the Under 21 Women’s Singles event at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open when beaten by the champion elect, Singapore’s Zeng Jian, Romania’s Adina Diaconu climbed two steps higher on Friday 7th April at the 2017 Tunisia Junior and Cadet Open in Rades.

She won the Junior Girls’ Singles title and thus justified her exalted status as the top seed.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

However, she was severely tested in her quest for honours.

At the final hurdle she needed to full seven games to secure victory; her colleague, Andreea Dragoman, the no.2 seed, proved a more the worthy opponent. She won the first two games before Adina Diaconu recovered to seal victory (12-14, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 11-4).

Earlier, at the semi-final stage Adina Diaconu had accounted for Belgium’s Lisa Lung, the no.3 seed (5-11, 13-11, 11-4, 11-1, 11-5); Andreea Dragoman ended the adventures of Italy’s Elisa Armanini (11-3, 13-11, 11-4, 11-4).

Success and success for a fourth time on the ITTF World Junior Circuit; in 2013 she won in Serbia; in 2015 in both Bahrain and Hungary.

Furthermore, the victory meant that Adina Diaconu departed Rades with two titles to her name; earlier in the day she had partnered Andreea Dragoman to Junior Girls’ Doubles success.

After accounting for India’s Selena Selvakumar and Kushi Vishwanath (11-4, 11-7, 11-8), the Romanians received a walk-over in the final when due to confront Elisa Armanini and her Italian colleague Jamila Laurenti. Pertinently at the semi-final stage, the Italians had ended the hopes of the host nation; they beat Fadwa Garci and Abir Haj Salah (8-11, 11-13, 11-7, 11-9, 12-10).

Disappointment for Fadwa Garci but there was success and slightly against expectations.

The no.2 seed, she won the Cadet Girls’ Singles title, ending Italian hopes in the later rounds. At the semi-final stage she accounted for Elisa Armanini (11-5, 11-6, 11-4), prior to securing the title at the final expense of Jamila Laurenti, the top seed (11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5). In the counterpart semi-final Jamila Laurenti had beaten Egypt’s Farida Badawy, the no.3 seed (11-8, 11-8, 11-7).

Bronze for Farida Badawy in the Cadet Girls’ Singles event; in the Mini Cadet Girls’ Singles competition it was gold; she overcame compatriot, Roa Zaki (11-6, 11-5, 11-9) at the final hurdle claim the title.

World Junior Circuit 2017 Tunisian Junior and Cadet Open Adina Diaconu Andreea Dragoman Fadwa Garci Farida Badawy

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