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.