26 Oct 2018

Top seeds, favourites for gold, the combination of the host country’s Farida Badawy and Malamentina Papadimitriou justified their exalted status to secure the Cadet Girls’ Team title at the 2018 Egypt Junior and Cadet Open in Sharm El-Sheikh on Thursday 25th October.

In the group stage of play the previous day, they had emerged in top place without surrendering a single individual match; in the main draw it was exactly the same scenario.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

However, the path to victory was not without some moments of consternation; at the semi-final stage the Egypt ‘B’ Team pairing of Mentatalah Fareid and Roa Zaki proved most worthy adversaries.

Mentatalah Fareid extended Farida Badawy the full five games distance (10-12, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5, 11-7), before Malamentina Papadimitriou accounted for Roa Zaki (11-7, 11-6, 11-7) and a doubles win in four games brought matters to a conclusion (13-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5).

A place in the final booked, against the Polish pairing of Ilona Sztwiertnia and Emilia Skuba there could be no complacency.

Farida Badawy gave her team the perfect start by beating Ilona Sztwiertnia in four games (11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8) before Malamentina Papadimitriou accounted for Emilia Skuba (11-7, 11-5, 11-9) and a doubles win secured the title (11-6, 13-11, 8-11, 11-8).

Earlier Ilona Sztwiertnia and Emilia Skuba has booked their place in the final courtesy of a three-nil quarter-final success against the Egypt ‘C’ pairing of Roa Amro and Arwa Hassan, followed by a three-one win in opposition to the Egypt ‘A’ partnership of Nour Abdelfattah and Sara Elhakem. Mainstay of the victory against Egypt ‘A’ was Ilona Sztwiertnia, she beat both Nour Abdelfattah (11-8, 11-5, 11-7) and Sara Elhakem (11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-6), whilst partnering Emilia Skuba to doubles success (11-7, 12-10, 11-4).

Play in the Cadet Girls’ Team event concluded, attention now turns to the individual competitions; matters conclude in Sharm El-Shiekh on Sunday 28th October.

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

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