Tournaments

02 Nov 2017

Success against fellow qualifiers, Romania’s Alina Zaharia and Korea’s Kim Yedam emerged as biggest surprise names to reserve quarter-final places in the Under 21 Women’s Singles event at the 2017 Belgium Junior and Cadet Open in De Haan, following the second round of action on the evening of Thursday 2nd November.

However, they were not totally alone; there was one more name to raise the eyebrows; that of Daria Trigolos of Belarus who had started proceedings as the no.14 seed.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Alina Zaharia accounted for Kim Haeun, also from Korea, in a four games encounter (11-9, 13-11, 6-11, 12-10), Kim Yedam overcame Russia’s Kristina Kazantseva by the narrowest of decisions (11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11).

Meanwhile, Daria Trigolos ended the progress of Norway’s Rebekka Carlsen (16-14, 11-5, 11-4), the player who had started her quest in the qualification stage of proceedings, before in the opening round causing a major shock by beating Romania’s Adina Diaconu, the no.2 seed (11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 10-12, 18-16).

Three surprise names, otherwise those who complete the last eight are as anticipated.

Korea’s Li Zion, the top seed, beat Czech Republic qualifier Kristyna Stefcova (11-6, 11-5, 11-8),Chinese Taipei’s Li Yu-Jhun, the no.3 seed, overcame Russia’s Anastasia Kolish, the no.11 seed (10-12, 11-7, 14-12, 11-5). Likewise, Germany’s Wan Yuan, the no.6 seed, accounted for Italy’s Giorgia Piccolin, the no.15 seed (11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-2); Ekaterina Guseva, like Anastasia Kolish from Russia and the no.7 seed, ended the hopes of Oceane Guisnel of France, the no.9 seed (11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 7-11, 11-3).

At the quarter-final stage Lee Zion meets Alina Zaharia, Wan Yuan faces Bruna Takahashi; in the opposite half of the draw it is Li Ju-Jhuan versus Ekaterina Guseva, Kim Yedam in opposition to Daria Trigolos.

The Under 21 Women’s Singles event will be played to a conclusion on Friday 3rd November.

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