25 Jul 2018

A semi-finalist one year ago when beaten by colleague, Jeet Chandra; India’s Parth Virmani emerged the first player at the 2018 Jordan Junior and Cadet Open in Amman, required to compete in the qualification groups of the Junior Boys’ Singles event, to officially secure top spot and thus reserve his place in the main draw.

On the opening day of play, Wednesday 25th July, in a competition where the top eight seeds received a direct entry to the main draw, the 18 year old remained unbeaten to secure first place in his group.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Impressively, he opened his account with success against Jordan’s Jamel Jafrh (11-3, 11-3, 11-1), prior to concluding matters with a hard earned win in opposition to Thailand’s Chetthanabodi Chanpen (9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7).

First stage mission completed, for the other leading names on opening day duty, who are competing in groups where there are four players, one match remains

Notably Sweden’s Oskar Danielsson, Iran’s Radin Khayyan and Hamid Shams, the players next in the pecking order to Parth Virmani, ended the day unbeaten but there were surprises further down the list.

India’s Payas Jain experienced defeat at the hands of Saudi Arabia’s Turki Almutari (11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7). Chinese Taipei’s Wang Chen-You remains the one unbeaten player in the group; he accounted for both Turki Almutari (11-6, 11-3, 11-4) and Mohammed Alhawi (11-2, 11-2, 11-2).

Problems for Payas Jain, the leading name in his group, it was the same for Saudi Arabia’s Abdulaziz Alamri and Sweden’s Linus Keraenen, as well as for Thailand’s Nawin Mekamporn and Sala Al-Balooshi of the United Arab Emirates.

Abdulaziz Alamri was beaten Abdullah Al-Balooshi, like Sala Al-Balooshi from the United Arab Emirates (17-15, 11-4, 11-5); India’s Sarthak Seth who overcame Abdullah Al-Balooshi (11-9, 11-13, 11-5, 11-9) and Jordan’s Ayham Bustinge (11-4, 11-4, 11-4) remains the one unbeaten player in the group.

Similarly, Nawin Mekamporn lost to India’s Dev Shroff (11-8, 11-8, 11-8) who in addition accounted for Jordan’s Omar Oufi (11-5, 13-11, 4-11, 11-7) to end the day unbeaten. Also, Sala Al-Balooshi experienced defeat at the hands of China’s Ma Chao (9-11, 11-3, 13-11, 6-11, 12-10), a player who on his next visit to the table overcame Iran’s Mahdi Madakan (8-11, 11-2, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9) to maintain his unblemished record.

One defeat each for Abdulaziz Alamri, Sala Al-Balooshi, Nawin Mekamporn and Payas Jain; players finishing in first and second places in each group advance to the main draw, the door is still open.

}It is somewhat different for Linus Keraenen; he was beaten by both China’s Chen Jinlong (6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-9) and by India’s Deepit Patel (11-6, 11-4, 11-6) who in addition accounted for Thailand’s Puripong Salee (11-5, 11-2, 11-3) to end the day as the one unbeaten player in the group.

Play continues in the Junior Boys’ Singles event on Thursday 26th July, the day on which the Junior Girls’ Singles competition commences.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Jordan Junior & Cadet Open Parth Virmani.

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