25 Oct 2018

Imposing performances, the leading outfits in the Cadet Girls’ Team event at the 2018 Egypt Junior and Cadet Open in Sharm El Shiekh, all ended the initial phase of proceedings on Wednesday 24th October, unbeaten and thus reserved places in the main draw.

Three groups in the initial stage, outfits finishing in first and second places progressing to the main draw, the qualifiers were very much an anticipated.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The combination formed by the host nation’s Farida Badawy and Malamentina Papadimitriou, the top seeds, finished in first place in their group ahead of the Egypt ‘C’ partnership of Roa Amro and Arwa Hassan.

First place in the group for the top seeds, is was the same for the next two teams in the order of merit, Egypt ‘A’ represented by Nour Abdelfattah and Sara Elhakem duly secured first place in their group as did Poland’s Ilona Sztwiertnia and Emilia Skuba, the no.3 seeds.

Just as with Farida Badawy and Malamentina Papadimitriou, Ilona Sztwiertnia and Emilia Skuba recorded three matches to nil wins in each contest, finishing ahead of the Egypt ‘B’ Team combination of Menatalah Fareid and Roa Zaki; for Nour Abdelfattah and Sara Elhakem, life was just slightly more testing. They surrendered one match.

Against colleagues, Farida Amro and Shahd Sadek, representing Egypt ‘E’, a three-one  outcome was the result. Sara Elhakem beat both Farida Amro (11-2, 11-3, 11-5) and Shahd Sadek (11-2, 11-4, 11-9); likewise, Nour Abdelfattah accounted for Shad Sadek in the opening match of the contest but by the narrowest of margins (7-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-9, 13-11). A close contest, it was the same in the doubles but rather surprisingly the verdict went in favour of Farida Amro and Shahd Sadek (7-11, 7-11, 11-5, 12-10, 14-12).

Farida Amro and Shahd Sadek duly finished in second position and thus advanced to the main draw.

Play in the Cadet Girls’ Team event concludes on Thursday 25th October.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Egypt Junior & Cadet Open Farida Badawy Malamentina Papadimitriou

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