06 Oct 2017

Success on home soil, Sabina Surjan responded in style on the second day of play, Thursday 5th October, at the 2017 Serbia Junior and Cadet Open in Belgrade; after partnering colleague Tijana Jokic to Junior Girls’ Doubles success, she won the Junior Girls’ Singles title, an event dominated by the host nation.

Serbia provided three of the four semi-finalists, the interloper being Archana Girish Kamath, the top seed and player Sabina Surjan beat in the final to arrest the title.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

The no.2 seed, Sabina Surjan emerged successful in a closely contested full distance seven games duel (9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-13, 3-11, 11-7, 11-8) to secure her career first ITTF World Junior Circuit Girls’ Singles crown.

Earlier, en route to the final she had accounted for colleagues Andjela Menger, the no.6 seed (11-8, 11-13, 11-8, 13-15, 11-8, 11-9) and Dragana Vignjevic, the no.3 seed (11-4, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8).

Success against Serbian adversaries, in the opposite half of the draw it was exactly the same for Archana Girish Kamath; at the quarter-final stage she had accounted for Laura Kozokar (12-10, 11-5, 11-3, 11-6), prior to recording a semi-final success in opposition to Tijana Jokic, the no.4 seed (11-3, 16-18, 11-5, 12-10, 11-4).

Meanwhile, in the Junior Girls’ Doubles event, the no.2 seeds, Tijana Jokic and Sabina Surjan beat the German combination of Sophia Klee and Yuki Tsutsui, the no.3 seeds (11-9, 12-14, 11-2, 11-4) at the final hurdle; having in the penultimate round, ended the hopes of colleagues Andjela Menger and Marija Stajic, the no.4 seeds (11-5, 11-8, 11-1).

Notably, in the opposite half of the draw, at the semi-final stage Sophia Klee and Yuki Tsutsui had beaten the combination of Archana Girish Kamath and Dragana Vignjevic, the top seeds (11-5, 7-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5).

The Junior Girls’ Singles and Junior Girls’ Doubles events completed, attention now turns to the Junior Girls’ Team and Cadet Girls’ Team competitions.


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