28 Nov 2017

Responding to the challenge, rising to the occasion, Germany and Serbia emerged the nations to cause the upsets as play concluded in the second stage of the Girls’ Team event at the 2017 ITTF World Junior Championships in Riva del Garda on the evening of Monday 27th November.

Serbia, the no.9 seeds, accounted for Hong Kong, the no.7 seeds, by three matches to one, whilst in a thrilling tension packed duel, Germany, the no.10 seeds, recorded a three-two success against Russia, the no.5 seeds.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Success for Germany, the success coming after Russia had won the opening two matches and appeared on course for an impressive victory.

Anastasia Kolish beat Franziska Schreiner (8-11, 11-6. 11-7, 11-9), Mariia Tailakova accounted for Jennie Wolf (11-5, 11-6, 11-8), before Sophie Klee sparked the German recovery. She accounted for Kristina Kazantseva (14-12, 11-8, 11-8), Franziska Schreiner followed suit by overcoming Mariia Tailakova (11-5, 11-13, 4-11, 11-9, 11-9) to set the scene for Jennie Wolf to complete the recovery. She duly obliged, she prevailed against Anastasia Kolish in four games (11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 11-8).

A team effort from Germany, it was the same from Serbia against Hong Kong. Wong Chin Yau was beaten by Dragana Vignjevic (11-8, 5-11, 14-12, 11-7) and by Sabina Surjan (11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9); Chau Wing Sze experienced defeat at the hands of Izabela Lupulesku (11-8, 11-9, 11-8). The one win for Hong Kong was recorded by Lee Ka Yee; in the second match if the fixture, she beat Sabina Surjan (11-9, 11-8, 11-9).

Earlier in the day Japan, the top seeds, who selected from Miyu Nagasaki, Mitsuho Kimura, Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Kato had recorded a three-nil success against Serbia followed by a three-one victory over Hong Kong.

Somewhat similarly, both Germany and Russia had experienced three-nil defeats when facing the Korea’s Kim Youjin, Kim Jiho and Shin Yubin, the no.3 seeds.

Japan, Serbia, Korea and Germany now advance to the quarter-finals; Hong Kong and Russia, as with all third placed teams, compete for places nine to twelve.

Upsets as the second stage concluded, the two remaining contests in the quest for main draw places yielded results as status anticipated.

The United States, the no.8 seeds, with Crystal Wang, Any Wang and Rachel Sung on duty beat Brazil’s Bruna Takahashi, Livia Lima and Alexia Nakashima, the no.12 seeds, by three matches to nil; Chinese Taipei represented by Lee Yu-Peng, Tsai Yu-Chin and Chen Ting-Ting recorded the same margin of victory when facing the Czech Republic’s Anna Matejovska, Stanislava Slezakova and Zdena Blaskova. Chinese Taipei commenced proceedings as the no.6 seeds, the Czech Republic the no.11 seeds.

Both the United States and Brazil had experienced three-nil defeats at the hands of China who selected from Qian Tianyi, Shi Xunyao, Sung Yingsha and Wang Manyu.

Meanwhile, Romania’s Adina Diaconu, Andreea Dragoman and Tania Plaian, the no.4 seeds, had proved the nemesis of the Czech Republic and Chinese Taipei earlier in the day. Against the Czech Republic a three-two result had been the outcome, when the Romanian’s confronted Chinese Taipei it had been a three-one victory margin.

At the semi-final stage Japan plays Chinese Taipei, the United States opposes Korea; in the adjacent half of the draw it is Romania versus Germany, Serbia in opposition to China.

The quarter and semi-final matches are scheduled for Tuesday 29th November.


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