13 Sep 2018

The early stages of the Junior Boys’ Doubles event at the 2018 Croatia Junior and Cadet Open in Varazdin completed on Wednesday 12th September; it was not the best of fortunes for Latin America.

Chile’s Nicolas Burgos in harness with Brazil’s Guilherme Teodoro, the no.3 seeds, experienced a second round defeat, as did Argentina’s Martin Bentancor and Santiago Lorenzo, the no.6 seeds.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Both pairs lost to the formidable opponents; adversaries, who with greater exposure to international play, would no doubt be higher in the pecking order.

Nicolas Burgos and Guilherme Teodoro experienced defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Kuo Yu-Liang and Tsai Li-Yang (11-9, 11-5, 11-8), Martin Bentancor and Santiago Lorenzo lost to China’s Geng Linyu and Song Zhuoheng (8-11, 11-7, 14-12, 11-4).

Similarly amongst the leading pairs in the Junior Boys’ Doubles event, there were further early departures. Hungary’s Csaba Andras and Oliver Both, the no.10 seeds, experienced a second round defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Chen Jun-Ting and Wei Chen-Ting (11-6, 7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9); Sweden’s Martin Friis and Bruno Nettarp, the no.13 seeds, suffered when opposing China’s Chen Yuanu and Song Baifu (15-13, 11-6, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7).

Problems for notable pairings and there were problems for the leading combinations. The top seeds, the partnership formed by Egypt’s Youssef Abdel-Aziz and Austria’s Maciej Kolodziejczyk, needed the full five games to beat the Czech Republic’s Frantisek Onderka and Radek Skala, only emerging successful by the very minimal margin in the decider (11-6, 9-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9).

Somewhat similarly, Singapore’s Josh Chua Shao Han and Pang Yew En Koen, the no.2 seeds, endured testing times. Eventually they overcome Slovenia’s Matija Novel and Rok Trtnk, likewise in five games (11-13, 11-2, 11-3, 12-14, 11-3).

Hard fought second round wins; for Germany’s Cédric Meissner and Kay Stumper, the no.4 seeds, life was less traumatic; they beat Luka Mihailovic and Nikola Mihailovic in four games (11-5, 13-15, 11-8, 11-4).

The Junior Boys’ Doubles event will be played to a conclusion on Thursday 13th September.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Croatia Junior & Cadet Open Nicolas Burgos Guilherme Teodoro Martin Bentancor Santiago Lorenzo

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