20 Sep 2018

Places in the main draw of the Junior Boys’ Singles event the goal on the opening day of play, Wednesday 19th September, at the 2018 Serbia Junior and Cadet Open in Belgrade, surprise names progressed.

Notably players from China and India impressed, as not only first positions in the initial stage groups were secured contrary to expectations; in addition second round places were reserved on a day when the top 16 names were excused from duty; they enter proceedings in round two.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Dong Haoyu, Yang Yinghao and Zeng Beixun very much flew the flag for China.

First place in the qualification group contrary to predictions, in the opening round the good form was maintained. Dong Haoyu beat Serbia’s Ognjen Stosic (11-3, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8), Yang Yinghao accounted for India’s Deepit Patil (11-7, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4). Likewise, Zeng Beixun asserted his authority, he overcame Serbia’s Dilas Nemanja (11-5, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6).

Similarly Akash Pal and Divyanish Srivastava excelled for India; likewise surprise first places in the initial phase group; in the opening round Akash Pal beat Frenchman Louis Reuseau (11-6, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7), Divyanish Srivastava defeated China’s Sui Yufeng (8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6, 11-2).

Fine performances from Asian players, similarly three Europeans caught the eye; all unexpected group stage winners. In the opening round the Czech Republic’s Jan Mookreys beat Slovakia’s Adam Klajber (11-8, 7-11, 5-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9); in a reversal of fortunes for the two countries Samuel Feco accounted for Matej Stach (10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7). Similarly, Spain’s Albert Vilardel prevailed against Croatia’s Lovro Zovko (11-9, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6) to reserve his second round place.

None of the leading names not called to Junior Boys’ Singles action but they were on Junior Boys’ Doubles duty.

At the final hurdle India’s Anukram Jain and Deepit Patil meet the combination of Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun and Singapore’s Gerald Yu Zong Jun. Earlier in the penultimate round Anukram Jain and Deepit Patil accounted for Josh Chua Shao Han and Pang Yew En Koen, like Gerald Yu Zong Jun from Singapore (12-10, 11-9, 7-11, 3-11, 14-12); Yanapong Panagitgun and Gerald Yu Zong Jun overcame India’s Raegan Alburquerque and Manush Utpalbai Shah (11-5, 11-6, 10-12, 9-11, 11-6).

The Junior Boys’ Singles event will be played to a conclusion on Thursday 20th September as will be the Junior Boys’ Doubles final.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Serbia Junior & Cadet Open Zeng Beixun Yang Yinghao Dong Haoyu Divyanish Srivastava Akash Pal

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