by Simon Daish
Beginning her day with a five games victory over Tania Plaian (13-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6), top seed Sabina Surjan added further successes against Zdena Blaskova (11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-3) and Lucie Gauthier (11-3, 11-5, 11-6, 14-12) to retain her spot at the summit of the table with 12 points to her name.
Zdena Blaskova may have fallen short against the top seed but the Czech competitor will be delighted with her performance in the morning session of play, defeating second seed Anna Wegrzyn across five games (11-8, 11-8, 11-0, 8-11, 12-10) to claim her second win of the tournament.
Providing the closest challenge for Sabina Surjan in the draw is Romania’s Andreea Dragoman who, like the top seeded Serbian, also came away with three wins to her name on day two while third seed Franziska Schreiner sits in joint third position along with fifth seed Tania Plaian.
Taking the spotlight on the second day of Junior Boys’ Singles action was Belgium’s Laurens Devos after the ninth seed achieved a hat-trick of victories including a breathtaking seven games win against top seed Rares Sipos (11-7, 10-12, 10-12, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 12-10).
Tiago Li also suffered defeat at the hands of Laurens Devos but the host nation representative did have reason for celebration later in the day with the no.10 seed earning an impressive victory from his encounter with fifth seed Lev Katsman (11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 11-3). Three consecutive wins on day two sees 2017 gold medallist Cristian Pletea move to 11 points alongside the third and fourth seeded players, Irvin Bertrand and Matteo Mutti.
Poland’s Maciej Kubik lived up to expectations in the Cadet Boys’ Singles draw, claiming a trio of victories on day two but the top seed still trails Myshaal Sabhi of France who avoided defeat for the second day running. France also leads the way in the Cadet Girls’ Singles event with fifth seed Prithika Pavade prevailing against the top three seeded competitors: Elena Zaharia, Elizabet Abraamian and Kornelija Riliskyte.