23 Nov 2017

First position in the group, the only option to qualify for a place in the main draw in the Under 21 Women’s Singles event at the 2017 ITTF Challenge Spanish Open in Almeria; as the initial phase concluded on Thursday 23rd November, there were casualties.

The leading names in their respective groups, India’s Archana Girish Kamath, Japan’s Yumeno Soma and Charlotte Carey of Wales all experienced defeats; the effect, progress to the main event was denied.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

All unbeaten on the opening day of action, Archana Girish Kamath experienced defeat at the hands of Italy’s Veronica Mosconi (5-11, 13-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-8). Similarly Yumeno Soma suffered against Nadezhda Bogdanova of Belarus (11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 14-12), whilst for Charlotte Carey, it was a reverse when facing Austria’s Caroline Mischek (7-11, 12-10, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7).

Defeats for three leading names, for three more there were close calls. Italy’s Giorgia Piccolin needed the full five games to beat India’s Moumita Das (11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 11-5) as did Laura Pfeffer of France when confronting Estonia’s Airi Avameri (9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 6-11, 12-10).

Victory by the very narrowest of margins for Laura Pfeffer, it was not much different for Alina Nikitchanka of Belarus, she was extended the full five games distance by Belgium’s Nathalie Marchetti (11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3).

Meanwhile, in the remaining two groups, life was less testing for the leading names but by no means comfortable.

The host nation’s Zhang Xuan overcame India’s Selena Selvakumar (8-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-3); Korea’s Kang Dayeon ended the hopes of Maharyta Baltushite of Belarus (10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-2).

A draw of 16 players, the opening round of the Under 21 Women’s Singles event will be played on Friday 24th November.


Challenge Series 2017 Spanish Open Archana Girish Kamath Yumeno Soma Charlotte Carey

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