by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
The win recorded by Myshaal Sabhi was very much as anticipated; he commenced matters as the no.2 seed and very much justified that status.
At the quarter-final stage he ousted Russia’s Semen Shevin, the no.19 seed (11-3, 11-13, 13-11, 7-11, 11-4), before accounting for China’s Yuan Xuansong (11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 14-12) and Italy’s Andrea Puppo, the no.3 seed (11-9, 11-9, 11-5) to seal the title.
In the opposite half of the draw; in the round of the last eight, Andrea Puppo had beaten Germany’s Mike Hollo, the no.6 seed (9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 13-15, 11-9) and Croatia’s Ivor Ban, the top seed (6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6) to reserve his place in the final.
A predictable success, the outcome in the Cadet Girls’ Singles event was either expected or unexpected depending on your point of view. Expected in the fact that Yang Shilu hails from the country with the greatest depth of talent in the world; unexpected in the fact that she has no world ranking and was thus not seeded.
However, one fact is certain, it was for the 15 year old hard fought success.
After recording a straight games quarter-final win in opposition to India’s Diya Parag Chitale, the top seed (13-11, 11-7, 11-9), she had to recover from a two games to nil deficit at both the semi-final and final stages. She beat the Czech Republic’s Linda Zaderova (15-17, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-5) before overcoming Prithika Pavade of France, the no.2 seed (2-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8).
Testing times, less so en route to the final for Prithika Pavade; in the round of the last eight she beat Croatia’s Hana Arapovic, the no.5 seed (11-6, 11-6, 11-6), before ending the hopes of China’s Mao Ruyue (12-14, 11-7, 13-11, 11-7).
Meanwhile, in the Cadet Boys’ Doubles event Ethan Claude and Myshaal Sabhi beat Russia’s Mikhail Roshkov and Semen Shevin (11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-6) to secure the top prize; in the counterpart Cadet Girls’ Doubles competition Xie Jiatong and Yang Shilu accounted for Hana Arapovic and Linda Zaderova (11-2, 11-5, 11-6) to reserve the top step of the podium.