by Ian Marshall, Editor
Success for Kuo Chi-Yun was one of four surprise outcomes as the round progressed.
In a similar vein, India’s Sreeja Akula beat Norway’s Ilka Duval (11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8), Turkey’s Olga Yilmaz accounted for Nadezhda Bogdanova of Belarus (11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8). Meanwhile, not to be upstaged China’s Guo Xinyi halted the aspirations of Selena Selvakumar, like Sreeja Akula from India (11-5, 11-5, 11-5).
Presently on the Under 21 Women’s World Rankings, Sreeja Akula is named at no.84 as opposed to Ilka Doval listed at no.62; similarly Olga Yilmez stands at no.79, Nadezhda Bogdanova occupies the no.43 spot. Somewhat differently, Guo Xinyi has no global status; Selena Selvakumar reserves the no.67 place.
Impressive performances and there were two more but in line with the world order. The host nation’s Margo Degraef beat Russia’s Daria Shadrina (12-10, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9); Hungary’s 19 year old Leonie Hartbrich ended the hopes of Algeria’s Hiba Feredj (11-7, 13-11, 11-7).
“The match was not so easy for me. I was struggling a bit, especially mentally. Of course I am happy to win. To go further in the tournament I need to improve my level of play. There are a lot of top players in this tournament and that is a good experience for me. I am the youngest Hungarian player present here and I am happy that I can get some advice from the older players of my country.” Leonie Hartbricht
Preliminary stages over, the main draw in the Under 21 Women’s Singles event commences on Thursday 25th October.