21 Sep 2017

Nations united, the combination formed by Egypt’s Youssef Abdel-Aziz, Russia’s Aleksandr Kraskovskii and England’s Kwan Wing, alongside the Slovak Republic’s Daniel Orac, Stefan Petko and Jakub Zelinka emerged the surprise outfits to secure main draw places in the Junior Boys’ Team event at the 2017 Slovenia Junior and Cadet Open in Otocec.

On the opening day of play, Wednesday 20th September, in a competition where only first place in the group secured progress to the next stage; both teams ended the day unbeaten and in pole position.

by Ian Marshall, ITT Publications Editor

In the crucial contest, Youssef Abdel-Aziz, Aleksandr Kraskovskii and Kwan Wing recorded a three-two win against the sixth seeded trio formed by Lithuania’s Medardas Stankievicius who joined forces with Brazil’s Siddharta Almeida and Guilherme Teodoro.

Mainstay of the success was Youssef Abdel-Aziz, he beat both Medardas Stankievicius (11-7, 14-12, 11-3) and Siddharta Almeida (12-10, 7-11, 11-4, 11-8) to set the scene for Kwang Wing to conclude matters. He duly obliged; he accounted for Medardas Stankievicius in three straight games to seal the victory (15-13, 12-10, 11-6).

Meanwhile for the Slovak Republic, the crucial contest was in opposition to Argentina’s Santiago Lorenzo, Santiago Tolosa and Francisco Sanchi, the no.7 seeds.

Francisco Sanchi gave Argentina the ideal start by beating Stefan Peko (11-9, 15-13, 8-11, 12-10) but that was to be the South American outfits’ only success. Jakub Zelinka overcame Santiago Tolosa by the very narrowest of margins (11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 12-10), before in an almost equally close contest, Daniel Orac defeated Santiago Lorenzo (5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8). Matters concluded with Stefan Peko overcoming Santiago Tolosa (11-8, 13-15, 11-8, 11-7).

Problems for two seeded teams but not for the leading combinations; India ‘A’ with Jeet Chandra, Manash Utpalbhai Shah and Manav Vikash Thakkar on duty, the top seeds, finished in first place in their group. Likewise, it was top spot for the second seeded combination formed by Iran’s Amin Ahmadian who allied with Portugal’s José Pedro Francisco and Vitor Amorin, as it was for the next two outfits in the order of merit.

The blend of Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun in conjunction with Nikhil Kumar and Victor Liu of the United States, duly topped their group, as did Hungary’s Csaba Andras, Patrik Juhasz and Istvan Molnar.

Play in the Junior Boys’ Team event concludes on Thursday 21st September.

World Junior Circuit 2017 Slovenian Junior and Cadet Open Youssef Abdel-Aziz

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