04 Jun 2017

Poland’s Julia Szymczak, Germany’s Franziska Schreiner and Slovenia’s Aleksandra Vovk alongside Chinese Taipei’s Chen Tzu-Ting emerged as the surprise names to secure first places in their respective groups in the Girls’ Singles event at the 2017 Slovak Junior Open in Senec on Saturday 3rd June.

The first position gained by Chen Tzu-Ting was arguably the greatest surprise on a day when Chinese Taipei, winners of the Girls’ Team event one day earlier, asserted their authority of proceedings.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Notably, Su Pei-Ling, Chen Ying-Chen and Chen Ting-Ting, the respective top three seeds, all reserved first places in their respective groups without due alarm.

Conversely for Chen Tzu-Ting life was more testing. She was beaten by Germany’s Laura Tiefenbrunner in four games (6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-4) but overcame the host nation’s Dasa Sinkarova in three straight games (11-3, 11-8, 11-6).

Success for Germany’s Laura Tiefenbrunner against Chen Ying-Chen but earlier in the day, she had been beaten by Dasa Sinkarova in three straight games (11-8, 12-10, 11-8).

Three players level, games ratio determined the outcome; thus it was first place Chen Tzu-Ting (4:3), with Dasa Sinkarova in second place (3:3). Alas for Laura Tiefenbrunner, it was third spot in the group (3:4) and thus no place in the main draw; players finishing in first and second places in each group, advanced to the second stage.

One defeat but first place in the group; for Julia Szymczak, Franziska Schreiner and Aleksandra Vovk, it was a day without blemish and success against the highest rated player in the group.

Julia Szymczak beat Croatia’s Andrea Pavlovic, the no.4 seed (11-9, 11-8, 11-7), Franziska Schreiner defeated Hungary’s Orsolya Feher, the no.10 seed (12-14, 10-12, 13-11, 11-9, 11-8); Aleksandra Vovk overcame Poland’s Katarzyna Wegrzin, the no.14 seed (6-11, 5-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-1).

Defeats for Andrea Pavlovic, Orsolja Feher and Katarzyna Wegrzyn; however, it was their only defeat, second place and thus progress to the main draw was the outcome.

Play in Senec concludes on Sunday 4th June.

 Day Three: 2017 Slovak Junior Open
Photos: Tomas Sereda

World Junior Circuit 2017 Slovak Junior Open Aleksandra Vovk Franziska Schreiner Julia Szymczak

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