by Wade Townsend
Team Europe’s Elizabet Abraamian saved three match points as she won in a seven game thriller against North America’s Benita Zhou to move in to the quarter finals of the Cadet Girls’ Singles at the 2017 World Cadet Challenge.
Abraamian is the no.4 seed here in Fiji, and looks to have found her timing after a slow start in the group stage yesterday.
Zhou and Abraamian were point for point in the seventh game up until 8-8. The North American finally broke the deadlock to lead 10-8. Zhou’s coach Maxime Surprenant called out from the bench for his player to be unpredictable. But she couldn’t close it out.
Abraamian saved the two match points and a third at 10-11 down, before finally getting the initiative and finishing off the match at the first time of asking.
It was a similar situation in the Boys’ Singles as North America once again lost a seven game match as Park Gyeongtae got the better of Nikhil Kumar.
But the biggest shock in the Boys’ Singles came as Team Africa’s Mohamed Azzam took out Europe’s Olav Kosolosky, the no.7 seed, in straight games.
It was an impressive display from the Egyptian who never looked troubled. Staying close to the table, the no.20 seed was a wall, countering everything the Belgian threw at him.