// China secures title, Belgium worthy finalists - International Table Tennis Federation


23 Sep 2018

Led by Zeng Beixun, the winner two day’s earlier of the Junior Boys’ Singles title, supported by Dong Haoyu and Yang Yinghao, China ‘B’ won the Junior Boys’ Team event at the 2018 Serbia Junior and Cadet Open in Belgrade on Saturday 22nd September.

Impressive throughout, not one single individual match was surrendered; although in the final against the Belgium trio comprising Nicolas Degros, Olav Kosolosky and Adrian Rassenfosse, they came very close to surrendering that enviable record.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

On another day the result could well have gone in the opposition direction; every contest was decided in five games with Nicolas Degros coming the closest.

After Olav Kosolosky had lost to Yang Yinghao (8-11, 4-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-6) and Adrien Rassenfosse had suffered against Zeng Beixun (11-7, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-5), Nicolas Degros came within a whisker against Dong Haoyu. He experienced defeat in a contest that concluded with a titanic seventh game (9-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-13, 18-16); the outcome could hardly have been closer.

Earlier en route to the final, the Chinese trio had accounted for the outfit comprising Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun who teamed with Russia’s Aleksander Kraskovski and Artem Tikhonov, before reserving their place in the final courtesy of success in opposition to Singapore’s Josh Chua Shao Han, Pang Yew En Koen and Gerald Yu Zong Jun.

A relatively comfortable journey to the final; for Nicolas Degros, Olav Kosolosky and Adrian Rassenfosse, life had proved more exacting. A three-nil win was posted against the China ‘A’ combination of Maio Xinyu, Su Yufeng and Zhang Xinyu, before India ‘A’ represented by Raegan Alburquerquw, Anukram Jain and Manush Utpalbhai Shah proved more than worthy adversaries.

The result was a three matches to two win, with Manush Utpalbhai Shah the player to cause the problems. He beat both Adrien Rassenfosse (10-12, 12-10, 12-10, 11-6) and Olva Kosolosky (11-4, 11-4, 11-7).

Play concludes on Sunday 23rd September with the Cadet Boys’ Singles, Cadet Girls’ Singles, Cadet Boys’ Doubles and Cadet Girls’ Doubles events.

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