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.