25 Oct 2018

Top seeds, the combination formed by the Czech Republic’s Martina Novakova and Russia’s Ekaterina Zironova alongside Elisavet Terpou of Greece duly made their presence felt on the opening day of play, Wednesday 24th October, at the 2018 Egypt Junior and Cadet Open in Sharm El Sheikh.

They duly remained unbeaten to secure first place in their group but, if there was one team that made an indelible impression, it was the China’s Gong Yuhui, Wang Yidan and Zhou Bingru, three players making their first ventures into international waters.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

A three matches to nil win was the order the day as they overcame the Egypt ‘A’ formation of Mariam Abdelaziz, Rinad Fathy and Waad Ibrahim, followed by the same margin of success in opposition to Basma Bahaaeldin, Razan Fawzi and Farida Mito on duty for Egypt ‘D’.

Mariam Abdelaziz, Rinad Fathy and Waad Ibrahim duly secured second place in the group and thus advanced to the main draw.

Similarly, in the corresponding group, there were only minimal problems for Martina Novakova, Ekaterina Zironova and Elisavet Terpou; the opening engagement proving the more testing. A three-one win was recorded against the Egypt ‘B’ Team formed by Sally Osama, Shahd Sameh and Alaa Yehia.

Mainstay of the victory for the international outfit was Ekaterina Zironova. She beat Sally Osama in a full distance five games contest (8-11, 12-10, 11-7, 16-18, 11-7), before accounting for Alaa Yehia (11-4, 11-8, 11-4). The one remaining success for the victors was recorded by Martina Novakova; in the third match of the engagement she overcame Shahd Sameh (11-5, 11-7, 11-5). Meanwhile, for the host nation, Alaa Yehia secured the one success. In the opening match of the fixture, she defeated Elisavet Terpou (11-7, 11-9, 12-10).

A three-one success against Egypt ‘B’, a three-nil win was the order of the day in opposition to Egypt ‘C’ represented by Meral Khaled, Hana Mahmoud and Malak Khaled.

Sally Osama, Shahd Sameh and Alaa Yehia duly finished in second place and thus advanced to the semi-finals.

The Junior Girls’ Team event will be played to a conclusion on Thursday 25th October.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Egypt Junior & Cadet Open Ekaterina Zironova Elisavet Terpou Martina Novakova

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