18 Feb 2018

Romania impressed, as so often in the past they flew the flag for Europe but when China emerged the opposition, despite a spirited effort from Andreea Dragoman, on the evening of Saturday 17th February, it was defeat in the final of the Junior Girls’ Team event at the 2018 Czech Junior and Cadet Open in Hodonin.

There was no stopping the trio of Shi Xunhyao, Huang Fanzhen and Sun Yizhen; imposing, they secured the title without the loss of a single individual match.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

In the final, after Shi Xunyao had beaten Andreea Hudusan (11-6, 11-4, 11-6), Andreea Dragoman extended Huang Fanzhen the full five games distance (13-11, 11-8, 5-11, 9-11, 11-4), before Sun Yizhen ended matters. She overcame Tania Plaian to end matters (15-13, 13-11, 11-6).

An impressive performance from Andreea Dragoman who proved very much the mainstay of Romanian progress; following a three-nil quarter-final success against the Croatian outfit comprising Andrea Pavlovic, Marta Vukelic and Klara Bardac, she remained unbeaten in three-one penultimate round success against Poland.

She accounted for both Katarzyna Wegrzyn (11-4, 11-8, 11-4) and Anna Wegrzyn (12-10, 12-10, 6-11, 4-11, 11-7); the one remaining Romanian success being recorded by Tania Plaian in opposition to Agata Zakrzewska (11-5, 11-7, 11-4) in the third match of the engagement. The one win for Poland was recorded in the opening match of the fixture when Anna Wegrzyn beat Andreea Hudusan (11-8, 11-6, 11-7).

A test for Croatia, for China in addition to the performance of Andreea Dragoman in the final, there was just one further close examination for the champions designate.

After a three-nil win had been posted against the Japanese trio of Yumeno Soma, Yukari Sugasawa and Honami Nakamori, the same margin of victory was recorded against the Indian outfit comprising Prapti Sen, Archana Girish Kamath and Selena Selvakumar.

Shi Xunyao beat Prapti Sen in straight games (11-3, 11-5, 11-2), a result Huamg Fanzhen emulated against Archana Girish Kamath (12-10, 11-8, 11-1); however, Sun Yizhen found Selena Selvakumar a most exacting adversary, she required the full five games to secure victory (6-11, 11-5, 10-12, 12-10, 11-8).

All junior events completed, play concludes on Sunday 18th February with the Cadet Boys’ Singles, Cadet Girls’ Singles, Cadet Boys’ Doubles and Cadet Girls’ Doubles events.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Czech Junior & Cadet Open Andreea Dragoman

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