29 Nov 2017

A first appearance in the tournament, lining up alongside Bastien Rembert and Jules Rolland, Le de Nodrest emerged as the player to guide France to fifth place in the Boys’ Team event at the 2017 ITTF World Junior Championships in Riva del Garda.

On the morning of Wednesday 29th November, a three matches to one outcome was the end result against traditional rivals Germany.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

The talented 17 year old beat Kay Stumper (5-11, 11-4, 14-12, 11-7) and Tobias Hippler (11-7, 4-11, 11-9, 11-4).


The wins for Leo de Nodrest came after Tobias Hippler had given Germany the ideal start by overcoming Bastien Rembert in a contest that ebbed and flowed, with Tobias Hippler emerging victorious by the very narrowest of margins (16-18, 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10). Meanwhile sandwiched in between the performances of Leo de Nodrest, Jules Rolland accounted for Cedric Meissner in four games (5-11, 11-4, 14-12, 11-7) to sway the momentum inextricably in favour of France.

“I’d played Tobias earlier this year in March and lost, I don’t like playing against his style of play. He is consistent but today, he was not his best. At the start of the match I used my reverse forehand service, he got used to so then I used the more usual method, just kept things simple. Overall I was ready.” Leo do Nodrest.

Success for France, in the contest to determine seventh place it was success for the Chinese Taipei; they beat the United States by three matches to one.

Backbone of the success was Feng Yi-Hsin; he beat both Sharon Alguetti (11-3, 11-6, 11-2) and Nikhil Kumar (12-10, 11-8, 11-1). The one further win for Chinese Taipei was recorded in the second match of the fixture when Li Hsin-Ying beat Nikhil Kumar 11-9, 11-9, 11-8). The one win for the United States was secured by Kanak Jha, in the third match of the engagement, he overcame Tai Ming-Wei (11-6, 11-9, 11-8).

France and Germany finished matters in their seeded positions, for Chinese Taipei, they were the no.4 seeds, the United States the no.9 seeds.


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