25 Jul 2018

First place in the group was the end result for India’s Payas Jain, following the conclusion of the initial stage of proceedings in the Cadet Boys’ Singles event at the 2018 Jordan Junior and Cadet Open in Amman on Wednesday 25th July.

He finished ahead of Mohammed Alhawi from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia’s Hadi Abualrahi in a competition where players finishing in first and second positions in each group advanced to the main draw.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Likewise for the other leading names it was top spot in the group; notably Chinese Taipei’s Li Hsin-Yu remained unbeaten to secure pole position as did the Iranian duo of Navid Shams and Raddin Khayyam.

However, further down the order there were somewhat surprise names who ended the day in group first places.

Also from Iran it was top spot contrary to expectations for Mobin Alipourghalehjough, as it was for colleague Mohammadjavad Sohrabi. Similarly, China’s Li Shijie and Li Mao Chao raised the eyebrows to reserve first positions as did Chinese Taipei’s Wang Guan-Ru and Wang Chen-You.

A day without blemish for Payas Jain but in the counterpart Cadet Girls’ Team event, for colleague and top seed, Diya Parag Chitale, there was defeat. She was beaten by China’s Sui Xiaoran in a close five games duel (11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9). However, it was the only reverse for Diya Parag Chitale, second place behind the unbeaten Sui Xiaoran and progress to the main draw was thus achieved.

Meanwhile, in the remaining Cadet Girls’ Singles groups it was first place for Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yu-Jie and India’s Nithya Mani but, as with their male counterparts, there were surprises.

Somewhat unexpectedly Tsai Yun-En topped her group as did Swastika Ghosh, also from India. Similarly, Zhang Yulei and Wang Guining emulated compatriot Sui Xiaran to secure first place in their respective groups contrary to predictions.

Play in the Cadet Boys’ Singles and Cadet Girls’ Singles events continue on Thursday 26th July.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Jordan Junior & Cadet Open Payas Jain

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