30 Nov 2017

Throughout the Girls’ Team event she had delighted the home supporters; as play commenced in the Girls’ Singles competition at the 2017 ITTF World Junior Championships in Riva del Garda on Thursday 30th November, Jamila Laurenti repeated the feat.

In her opening contest in the group stage of proceedings, the 15 year old Italian beat Korea’s Kim Yealin in seven games (11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 10-12, 11-8, 5-11, 11-6).

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Notably in the Girls’ Team competition, Italy fielding a very young team finished in 13th place; most pertinently Jamila Laurenti remained unbeaten. On the morning of the fifth day of play, she maintained that record.

“I was nervous, I tried to break the rhythm of her play; after I won the first two games I had a bad run of points. It was difficult for me when she served to my forehand; also her forehand was very strong, often she would move around her backhand to play her forehand. At times my feeling for the ball was not so good.” Jamila Laurenti

Kim Yealin excels playing fast and close to the table but against Jamila Laurenti such a ploy is very difficult; the Italian uses normal reversed rubber on the forehand, anti-spin on the backhand. It is not too far distant from the combination England’s John Hilton used, when at odds of 1,000 to 1, he won the Men’s Singled title at the 1980 European Championships.

The one big difference is that in the days of John Hilton you could have the same colour rubber on both sides of the racket, the man from Manchester was the master twiddler; that option is open to Jamila Laurenti and it is a skill she performs but against Kim Yealin it was very much play safe from the backhand using the anti-spin rubber.

“Playing with anti-spin was a style that was recommended by my father, Giovanni and my personal coach, Franco Martini some two years ago. You cannot play fast from the backhand but it gives me confidence.” Jamila Laurenti

The question for Jamila Laurenti is to whether it will work when cadet and junior days are over; it did for John Hilton.


World Junior Championships Jamila Laurenti

No results found.

Photo Gallery

Day 8 - 2017 World Junior Table Tennis Championships