25 Feb 2018

An intense five days of action in Örebro; play came to a conclusion on the early evening of Sunday 25th February at the Safir International tournament on a high note for both Sweden and France.

Theo Abrahamsson won the Cadet Boys’ Singles title to the delight of the home supporters; the counterpart Cadet Girls’ Singles crown was donned by Prithika Pavade of France.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

Successfully through to the later stages, in the penultimate round Theo Abrahamsson accounted for Russia’s Maksim Kaburkin (7-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-3, 11-7), prior to securing the title at the final expense of Frenchman Fabio Rakotoarimanana (9-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7). In the opposite half of the draw, in the semi-finals, Fabio Rakotoarimanana had ended the hopes of Sergey Ryzhov, like Maksim Kaburkin from Russia (11-7, 11-6, 11-7).

Impressive performances from Theo Abrahamsson, it was the same from Prithika Pavade, a young lady very much in form; en route to gold, she ended the Japanese aspirations.

At the semi-final stage she accounted for Honomi Nakamori (11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8), prior to securing the title at the final expense of Hikari Okubo (12-10, 11-7, 11-9). In the opposite half of the draw, Honomi Nakamori had beaten Russia’s Elizabet Abraamian to reserve her place in the final (11-1, 11-6, 11-4).

Meanwhile, in the Mini-Cadet Boys’ Singles event it was success for Gabriellius Camara of the Netherlands; in the Mini-Cadet Girls’ Singles competition, the top prize finished in the hands of Swathi Giri of the United States.

Gabriellius Camara beat Daniel Berzosa, a member of a group of some 20 players from Spain, to claim the top prize (11-9, 10-12, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5), having earlier at semi-final stage ousted Aziz Zarehbin of the United States (11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7). In the same round Daniel Berzosa had beaten Belgium’s Xavier Wats (11-3, 1-11, 11-5, 11-8).

A most worthy performance from Gabriellius Camara, it was likewise from Swathi Giri. She beat Germany’s Annett Kaufmann (8-11, 14-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5) to book her place in the final where she overcame Egypt’s Hana Goda to claim gold (11-4, 12-14, 11-8, 11-8). Hana Goda, who earlier in the month had also been the silver medallist in Oman, had ended the hopes of Italy’s Caterina Angeli one round earlier (11-4, 6-11, 14-12, 10-12, 11-8).

Proceedings in Örebro concluded; the next stop on the 2018 ITTF World Junior Circuit is the Tunisia Junior and Cadet Open; play commences in Tunis on Monday 19th March and concludes on Friday 19th March.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Swedish Junior & Cadet Open Prithika Pavade Theo Abrahamsson Gabriellius Camara Swathi Giri

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