13 May 2018

New to the international scene, for China’s Zuo Yue it was success at the first attempt.

No current world ranking, the 17 year old won the Junior Girls’ Singles title at the 2018 Spanish Junior and Cadet Open in Platja d’Aro on Thursday 10th May.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

At the final hurdle she beat Prithika Pavade of France, the no.8 seed (11-6, 12-10, 11-6, 11-13, 11-9), having earlier in the day accounted for Amy Wang of the United States, the top seed (6-11, 11-5, 11-13, 7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-8). The win reserved a place in the quarter-finals where the good form continued.

She overcame Italy’s Jamila Laurenti, the no.5 seed (15-13, 11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-1) prior to recording a semi-final success in opposition to colleague, Hu Yueyan, who likewise was making her first ITTF World Junior Circuit appearance. Zuo Yue emerged successful in five games (7-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10).

Notably, one round earlier Hu Yueyan had ended the progress of Lucie Gauthier of France, the no.3 seed (9-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 14-12).

In the opposite half of the draw in the latter stages Prithika Pavade had beaten Turkey’s Ozge Yilmaz (9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6), followed by success in opposition to the Czech Republic’s Zdena Blaskova, the no.2 seed (11-5, 11-8, 13-15, 11-9, 12-10) and Russia’s Arina Slautina (11-2, 13-11, 11-13, 4-11, 11-8, 14-12), a player in form. Earlier in the day in the second round, Arina Slautina had accounted for Germany’s Franziska Schreiner, the no.4 seed (7-11, 5-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9).

Disappointment for Zdena Blaskova and Jamila Laurenti; in the Junior Girls’ Doubles event it was success. They combined to secure the top prize, at the final hurdle overcoming Lucie Gauthier and compatriot, Berenice Marteau (11-6, 11-9, 11-7).

The Junior Girls’ Singles event completed, attention now turns to the Junior Girls’ Team and Cadet Girls’ Team competitions.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Spanish Junior & Cadet Open Zuo Yue Hu Yueyan

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