17 May 2017

The group stage of the Junior Boys’ Singles event at the 2017 Spanish Junior and Cadet Open completed; it was the turn of five seeded players to enter the arena on the evening of Wednesday 17th May.

All emerged successful but not without having to overcome most worthy opponents; none more so than Germany’s Gerrit Engemann, the no.10 seed. He needed the full seven games to overcome Portugal’s determined Tiago Li, eventually emerging successful by the minimal two point margin in the deciding game (9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-3, 12-10).

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Likewise, there were exacting times for Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun, Lithuania’s Medardas Stankievicuis and Japan’s Jo Yokotani; all needed six games to ensure first round wins.

Yanapong Panagitgun, the no.9 seed, accounted for Finland’s Arttu Pihkala (11-5, 14-12, 11-13, 11-3, 10-12, 11-4), Medardas Stankievicuis, the no.13 seed, overcame Poland’s Jan Zandecki (7-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8), whilst Jo Yokotani, the no.16 seed, ended the hopes of Switzerland’s Lars Porsh (11-9, 19-17, 6-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8).

Hard fought contests, for Canada’s Jeremy Hazin, the no.12 seed, life was slightly more comfortable. He overcame the Czech Republic’s Michal Mikolasik in five games (11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-8).

Meanwhile, in the Boys’ Doubles event, the top pairs enjoyed success in their opening contests.

Chinese Taipei’s Feng Yi-Hsin and Li Hsing-Yang, the top seeds, beat Spain’s Truls Moregard and Oriol Larro (11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5); likewise the combination of Sweden’s Truls Moregard and Lithuania’s Medardas Stankevicius, the no.2 seeds, ended the hopes of the partnership formed by Norway’s Borgar Haug and England’s Kwan Wing (11-7, 13-11, 7-11, 11-8).

Success for the top two seeded pairs in the Junior Boys’ Doubles event; it was the same in the counterpart Junior Girls’ Doubles competition but not for the third seeds.

Germany’s Lotta Rose and Jennie Wolf experienced defeat at the hands of Japan’s Honoka Nakamori and Yumeo Soma (11-6, 11-8, 11-8).

An unexpected reverse, there were no such travails for the Belarus combination of Nadezhda Bogdanova and Daria Trigolos, the top seeds or for Russia’s Kristina Kasantseva and Anastasia Kolish, the no.2 seeds.

Nadezhda Bogdanova and Daria Trigolos accounted for the pairing of Chinese Taipei’s Liang Jing-Jing and Russia’s Daria Shadrina (11-9, 11-6, 11-7); Kristina Kasantseva and Anastasia Kolish beat Rachel Gerarts and Yoeke Gunsing of the Netherlands (11-6, 11-7, 11-3).

The seeded players in the Junior Girls’ Singles event have yet to enter the arena.


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