01 Nov 2017

Japan’s Maki Shiomi, the top seed, alongside the host nation’s Yashini Sivasankar, the no.4 seed, duly enjoyed success on Tuesday 31st October, the penultimate day of play at the 2017 India Junior and Cadet Open in Greater Noida.

Both reserved semi-final places in the Junior Girls’ Singles event as a result of their efforts; however, the two remaining last four positions were filled by surprise names; no current world ranking and thus not seeded, the host nation’s Surbi Patwari and Korea’s Yoo Siwoo exceeded expectations.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Furthermore, they exceeded expectations for the second consecutive day.

Both had finished in first places in their respective initial stage groups. Surbi Patwari had beaten colleague Yashini Selvakumar, the no.4 seed (11-7, 11-6, 14-12) to remain unbeaten, Yoo Siwoo had accounted for Moumita Dutta, the no.5 seed and also from India (11-6, 5-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6).

In the main draw the good form continued. Surbi Patwari ended the hopes of colleagues by beating Archana Girish Kamath, the no.3 seed (11-4, 13-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6) and Prapti Sen, the no.11 seed (11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7) to reach the penultimate round.

Likewise, in an impressive manner Yoo Siwoo thwarted host nation aspirations. She overcame Tisha Kohli (11-6, 12-10, 11-5, 11-8) and Priyanka Pareek, the no.6 seed (9-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9) to secure her semi-final place.

At the semi-final stage Surbi Patwari meets Maki Shiomi, Yoo Siwoo opposes Yashini Sivasankar.

En route to the last four Maki Shiomi beat India’s Kushi Vishvanath (10-12, 7-11, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4) and Korea’s Lee Seungmi (6-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-9, 14-12); Yashini Sivasankar overcame the latter’s compatriot, Lee Dagyeong (11-4, 8-11, 12-10, 7-11, 4-11, 13-11, 11-5) before causing somewhat of an upset be ending the progress of Thailand’s Jinnipa Sawettabut, the no.2 seed (12-10, 11-6, 12-10, 11-6).

The seeded players in the Cadet Girls’ Singles event have yet to start their main draw campaigns; play concludes in Greater Noida on Wednesday 1st November.


World Junior Circuit 2017 India Junior and Cadet Open Maki Shiomi Yashini Sivasankar Surbhi Patwari Yoo Siwoo

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