08 Oct 2017

The winner two weeks ago in Slovenia, on Sunday 8th October Ireland’s Owen Cathcart repeated the success; he won the Cadet Boys’ Singles title at the 2017 Serbia Junior and Cadet Open in Belgrade.

Furthermore, he won in style, at no stage was he ever troubled, impressively securing the title without the loss of a single game at any stage of the event.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

In the latter stages he accounted for the Czech Republic’s Jan Mokrejs (11-4, 11-8, 11-5), before overcoming Australia’s Finn Luu (12-10, 11-4, 11-7) and Simon Belik, also from the Czech Republic, to seal the title (11-7, 11-0, 11-5).

Meanwhile, in the opposite half of the draw, at the quarter-final stage Simon Belik had beaten Portugal’s David Bessa (11-9, 5-11, 13-11, 11-8), prior to recording a semi-final success in opposition to Spain’s Albert Viladrell (11-8, 13-11, 16-18, 14-12). Notably, one round earlier Simon Belik had beaten Croatia’s Ivor Ban (11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9), the player who had remained unbeaten throughout the whole of the Cadet Boys’ Team competition.

Disappointment for Ivor Ban but there was success, in partnership with compatriot, Filip Borovnjak, the player with whom he had won Cadet Boys’ Team gold, he won the Cadet Boys’ Doubles event, the duo accounting for Spain’s Arnau Pons and Albert Vilardell at the final hurdle (12-10, 7-11, 11-6, 11-3).

Success for Owen Cathcart; in the Cadet Girls’ Doubles and Cadet Girls’ Singles events it was success for the host nation’s Radmila Tominjak.

She partnered Reka Bezeg to Cadet Girls’ Doubles success, the pair overcoming colleagues Lenka Nikolic and Sofija Nikolic in the final (11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 11-4); in the Cadet Girls’ Singles competition in the title deciding duel she overcame Bulgaria’s Kalina Hristova (11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8).

Earlier at the quarter-final stage, Radmila Tominjak had beaten Harisa Mesetovic of Bosnia-Herzegovina (9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10), prior to recording a semi-final success in opposition to Romania’s Iona Singeorzan (11-5, 11-9, 11-8). In the same rounds, in the opposite half of the draw, Kalina Hristova had beaten Chrysi Fotiadou (11-7, 11-8, 11-7) and Reka Bezeg (11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8).

Proceedings concluded in Belgrade, attention on the ITTF World Junior Circuit now turns to Sharm El-Sheikh; the Egypt Junior and Cadet Open starts on Wednesday 11th October.

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