Tournaments

26 Oct 2018

A journey to a warmer climate, sand replacing snow; for Linus Keraenen and Alve Sjoevold, it proved a most rewarding adventure.

Representing Sweden ‘A’, on Thursday 25th October the duo won the Cadet Boys’ Team title at the 2018 Egypt Junior and Cadet Open in Sharm El-Sheikh; success but it was most hard earned success, at both the semi-final and final stages, they were extended the full five match distance.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

After recording a three-one quarter-final win in opposition to the combination of the host nation’s Mostafa Zinhom and India’s Rajveer Shah; the Swedes were thoroughly tested by the Egypt ‘A’ pairing of Ziad Elshawa and Yehia Saad.

Man of the moment was Linus Keraenen, in the opening match of the fixture he beat Ziad Elshawa (11-5, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9), before in the vital fifth contest accounting for Yehia Saad (11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9). The one further win for the Nordic visitors was secured by Alve Sjoevold, in the second match he accounted for Yehia Saad (11-8, 13-11, 14-12).

A place in the final reserved, the Egypt ‘C’ pairing of Youssef Abdelwahab and Marwan Gamal, the no.7 seeds, awaited. Two wins from Linus Keraenen had steered the Swedes to the final, two wins from Alve Sjoevold steered them to gold.

He beat Youssef Abdelwahab in the second match of the fixture (8-11, 13-11, 11-4, 11-6), before in the fourth duel accounting for Marwan Gamal (7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6). Matters level, the spotlight fell on Linus Keraenen, he duly prevailed but there were tense moments, he needed the full five games to beat Youssef Abdelwahab (7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7).

Earlier at the quarter-final stage Youssef Abdelwahab and Marwan Gamal had recorded a three-one success in opposition to Romania’s Horia Stefan Ursut and Dragos Alexandru Bujor, prior to securing victory by the same margin at the semi-final stage against the Egypt ‘D’ combination of Mohamed Gsaber and Adham Hatem.

Proceedings  in the Cadet Boys’ Team event concluded, attention now turns to the individual competitions; play concludes in Sharm El-Shiekh on Sunday 28th October.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Egypt Junior & Cadet Open Alve Sjoevold Linus Keraenen
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