28 Jul 2018

Second place in the initial stage group in the Junior Boys’ Team event at the 2018 Jordan Junior and Cadet Open in Amman, defeat in their concluding initial phase contest on the evening of Saturday 21st July but the host nation’s Hasan Alhourani and Khaled Khader could depart the Princess Sumaya Lounge with heads held high.

Not only had they secured a place in the main draw, they had given a most creditable performance against the superpower, the mighty China.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

A three matches to one defeat was the end result with Khaled Khader so near to two memorable wins.

In the opening match of the fixture, he recovered from a two games to nil deficit to extend Xu Hao the full five games distance (11-9, 11-3, 8-11, 5-11, 11-5), before in the fourth match of the engagement being even closer when facing Tang Yunpeng. He experienced defeat by the very narrowest of margins (13-11, 8-11, 12-10, 6-11, 13-11).

Meanwhile, sandwiched in between, Hasan Alhourani was beaten by Tang Yunpeng (13-11, 11-5, 11-6), before partnering Khaled Khader to secure the doubles contest when facing Shen Junyu and Xu Yihang (11-7, 11-8, 11-9).

Defeat for Hasan Alhourani and Khaled Khader in an event where there were five groups in the initial stage of proceedings; for the outfits rated higher, the top four seeds, it was first place in the group without due alarm.

Chinese Taipei, the top seeds, who selected from Chen Jun-Jing, Li Hsin-Yang and Tai Ming-Wei, secured first place in their group as did the second seeded Indian combination formed by Jeet Chandra, Snehit Suravajjula and Manush Utpalbhai Shah.

Similarly, Iran’s Amin Ahmadian and Amirreza Abbasi finished in first place in their group, a position also achieved by the Indian trio of Anukram Jain, Parth Virmani and Sarthak Seth.

Play in Amman concludes on Sunday 29th July.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Jordan Junior & Cadet Open Khaled Khader Hasan Alhourani

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