22 Sep 2018

Places in the main draw the goal, for the leading outfits in the initial stage of the Junior Girls’ Team event at the 2018 Serbia Junior and Cadet Open, on Friday 21st September, there were plenty of problems.

In fact the problems were so great that the top seeds could not find answers in a competition where only first position secured progress to the main draw.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Romania represented by Tania Plaian, the runner up the previous day in the Junior Girls’ Singles event, alongside Andreea Hudusan and Anna Cristna Barbu finished the day without a win to their name and in third place in their group.

They ended play in third position. India ‘B’ represented by Radhapriya Goel, Prapti Sen and Paymanee Baisya topped the group with the combination of Singapore’s Tan En Hui and Eunice Lim in partnership with Belgium’s Lindsay de Vos in second place.

Likewise there was no place in the main draw for the second seeded combination of Thailand’s Jinnipa Sawettabut, crowned Junior Girls’ Singles champion the previous day, who joined forces with Romania’s Luiza Popescu and Spain’s Isabel Rodriguez. They ended the day in runners up spot behind Slovakia’s Dasa Sinkaova, Ema Labosova and Jana Terezkova.

No place in the main draw for the top two seeded teams, for the next in the order of merit it was better news. India ‘A’ fielding Diya Parag Chitale, Swastika Ghosh and Anusha Kuumbale remained unbeaten to secure first place in their group, as did Singapore’s Wong Xin Ru, Goi Rui Xuan and Pearlyn Koh Kai Xin.

Meanwhile, in the Cadet Girls’ Team event, where likewise only first position in the group secured progress to the main draw, as in the Junior Girls’ Team competition India was prominent. Anargya Manjunath and Lakshita Narang topped their group, a situation that also applied to the partnership formed by Poland’s Wiktoria Wrzosek and Croatia’s Hana Arapovic,

Also there were first places for the Greek pairing of Chrysi Fotiadou and Malamatenia Papadimitrou as there was for Romania’s Evelyn Ungavri and Ioana Singeorzan. Likewise, not to be upstaged, China’s Ding Zige, Li Zeyan and Zhang Yunhan finished in pole position, a feat also achieved by the combination of Russia’s Ksenia Khurtsilava and Poland’s Emilia Skuba.

Play in both the Junior Girls’ and Cadet Girls’ Team events conclude on Saturday 22nd February.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Serbia Junior & Cadet Open Diya Parag Chitale Swastika Ghosh Ausha Kutumbale

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