by Simon Daish
Fresh from her successful outing at the recent 2017 Spanish Junior and Cadet Open, Maki Shiomi of Japan once again heads the Junior Girls’ Singles field and heads to Wladyslawowo–Cetniewo with high expectations.
Maki Shiomi also triumphed in the category at both the 2017 Czech Junior and Cadet Open and the 2017 Swedish Junior and Cadet Open; she will be looking to leave Poland with her fourth Junior Girls’ Singles crown of the year.
Japan is also sending Yumeno Soma who finished in the runner up position last time out on the circuit in the Spanish city of Platja d’Aro.
Two of the most exciting up-and-coming young Romanian stars will also be travelling to Wladyslawowo for the event, with Adina Diaconu and Andreea Dragoman both making the trip to Poland.
The Romanian pairing continue to show great progress on the world stage having made doubles history last year at the Sun International 2016 World Junior Championships, and more recently the two compatriots met in the Junior Girls’ Singles final at the 2017 Tunisia Junior and Cadet Open in Rades which was won by Adina Diaconu.
Poland will be well represented at the event as expected, and there could be a decent chance of seeing a positive campaign for some of the host nation’s players.
Agata Paszek, Julia Slazak and Anna Wegrzyn gathered the most points for Poland in the 2017 ITTF World Junior Circuit Girls’ Standings ahead of the month and will be looking to move up the table with a strong display in front of the home crowd in Wladyslawowo.