06 Apr 2018

On the closing day of the 2018 Cote d’Ivoire Junior and Cadet Open in Abidjan there was a fantastic performance courtesy of a young Egyptian star and the host nation also enjoyed a gold medal win on Thursday 5th April.

by Simon Daish

Named as the top seeded player for the Cadet Boys’ Singles tournament, Ziad Elshawa has lived up to that honour by successfully reserving his place at the summit of the medals podium.

The Egyptian proved too strong for Cote d’Ivoire’s Ivan Landry Kouassi in the penultimate round (11-9, 11-5, 12-10) while Christian Mbongia secured the other place in the final with a four games victory over Ousmane Coulibaly (8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6).

Separated by just one position in the seeding list, but in the final there was a clear winner as Ziad Elshawa stormed to a powerful straight games success against his opponent from Congo Democratic (11-8, 12-10, 11-9) to lift the trophy.

Over in the Cadet Boys’ Doubles competition it was a momentous day for the host nation’s Jean Pierre Bayala and Ange Michel Seri, who negotiated a dramatic encounter with fellow compatriots Emmanuel Beugre and Ousmane Coulibaly (14-16, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-3).

World Junior Circuit 2018 Côte d’Ivoire Junior and Cadet Open Christian Mbongia Ziad Elshawa Jean Pierre Bayala Ange Michel Seri

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