by Ian Marshall, Editor
Required to compete in the qualification tournament, in the first preliminary round of the Men’s Singles event, he beat Poland’s Kamil Dziadek in a hard fought five games encounter (12-10, 11-9, 13-11, 8-11, 11-3).
“I had a busy week and came back from Slovenia on Sunday. I had to adapt to the venue and was not so happy about my level of play. Luckily I managed to win four-one.” Laurens Devos
Success for Laurens Devos, it was success in what proved a very productive opening preliminary round for the host nation. In addition, David Comeliau, Olav Kosolosky, Gaeten Swartenbrouckx and Valentin Pieraert all emerged victorious.
David Comeliau accounted Slovakia’s Adam Brat (11-8, 11-8, 11-3, 11-2); whilst in a similarly impressive manner, 16 year old Olav Kosolosky ended the hopes of Seth Petch from the United States (11-5, 11-6, 11-2, 11-9).
“I had a good feeling after my first match against the American. It’s nice to play an international tournament in Belgium. For the moment I focus more on the Junior Circuit but events like this are also good to gain experience. I don’t have a particular goal; I will try to play my best and hope to get far in both singles competitions.” Olav Kosolosky
Fine performances; it was the same from Gaeten Swartenbrouckx and Valentin Pieraert; notably both overcame Chinese opposition. Gaeten Swartenbrouckx beat China’s Xu Yao (12-10, 11-6, 11-9, 13-11), Valentin Pieraert ousted Jing Pengwei (11-8, 11-6, 11-9).
Play in the qualification tournament concludes on Wednesday 24th October.