26 May 2018

The third step of the podium, a bronze medal was the end result for the host nation’s Anna Wegrzyn in the Junior Girls’ Singles event at 2018 Polish Junior and Cadet Open in Wladyslawowo-Cetniewo on Thursday 24th May.

It was a better than expected finish for the 17 year old who had started proceedings as the no.14 seed; however there was one fact in particular that pleased more than any other.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

En route to the last four she beat two Chinese players; in round two she accounted for Li Yuqi (11-3, 7-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-5), before at the quarter-final stage overcoming Chen Yi (5-11, 16-14, 11-6, 9-11, 14-12, 12-10).

Eventually, progress was halted by Shi Xunyao, the champion elect and also from China; a straight games verdict was the result (11-3, 11-7, 11-2, 11-3).

Moreover, in the Junior Girls’ Doubles event, partnering twin sister, Katarzyna, the duo finished in runners up spot losing to Shi Xunyao and Chinese colleague Qian Tianyi (11-6, 11-1, 11-5). Significantly en route, in the second round they had overcome Chen Yi and Guo Yuhan, recovering from a two games to nil deficit to record a quite stunning victory (7-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9).

“I did not beat any Chinese before; in Cetniewo I won three such matches. There was no time for special preparations. Only a few days ago I played in Slovakia and earlier in the final of the first division.” Anna Wegrzyn

A pupil at Snieżnik Stronie Sląskie High School, Anna Wegrzyn represents AZS UE Wrocław.

Undoubtedly it was a fine effort on home soil, Shi Xunyao proved just too good

“Shi played faster, harder and more accurately. Besides, she received my services better, compared to my receive and first attack. Recently, I was in Wroclaw with my sister where we had a very good training; our game improved every day.” Anna Wegrzyn

Born on Tuesday 9th January 2001, the twin sisters Anna and Katarzyna hail from Trzebieszowice in south-west Poland; table tennis as the chosen sport was quite by accident.

“Dad noticed a school announcement about recruitment to a club; in this way we got to meet the coach Leszek Kawy. After years of training, I can say that it was worth it. After all, this season I won, among others bronze at the Senior National Championships; I am pleased to be here with my sister, I think we play well together.” Anna Wegrzyn

In the Junior Girls’ Team event, Anna and Katarzyna Wegrzyn join forces with Julia Szymczak; they are the no.6 seeds.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Polish Junior & Cadet Open Anna Wegrzyn

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