27 Oct 2018

Top seed, Russia’s Ekaterina Zironova duly reserved her place in the semi-final round of the Junior Girls’ Singles event at the 2018 Egypt Junior and Cadet Open in Sharm El Shiekh, following success on Saturday 27th October but she was the only notable name to progress to the last four.

China’s Wang Yidan and Zhou Bingru alongside the host nation’s Alaa Yehia were the players to raise the eyebrows

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Ekaterina Zironova booked her penultimate round place courtesy of success in opposition to the host nation’s Sara Elhakem (11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 11-5); she now faces Alaa Yehia who, like both Zhou Bingru and Wang Yidan secured first positions in their respective groups contrary to predictions.

At the quarter-final stage Alaa Yehia beat China’s Gong Yuhui (11-4, 8-11, 11-5, 13-11, 11-2); in the same round Zhou Bingru and Wang Yidan both ended the hopes of the host nation. Zhou Bingru overcame Rinad Fathy (11-3, 11-1, 11-2, 11-8); Wang Yidan ended the hopes of Farida Badawy, the no.2 seed (19-17, 12-14, 11-4, 13-11, 11-3).

Problems for Sara Elhakem in the Junior Girls’ Singles event, she also suffered a last eight Cadet Girls’ Singles departure. She was beaten by colleague, Roa Amro (14-12, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9).

Success for Roa Amro but she is the only host nation player still standing. In the remaining quarter-final contests Malamantina Papadimitriou of Greece, the top seed, beat Poland’s Emilia Skuba (7-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-8, 11-4), the latter’s colleague, Ilona Szwiertina, the no.5 seed, accounted for Farida Badawy (11-8, 11-8, 11-9). Similarly, Russia’s Alina Zavarykina ended the hopes of Rawan Zakaria, like Farida Badawy from Egypt 11-5, 11-3, 11-7).

Meanwhile, in the Junior Girls’ Doubles event, Martina Novakova and Ekaterina Zironova, the top seeds, made the ideal start, they beat Egypt’s Shaid Sadek and Nour Yehia (11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9); however, there was an opening round reverse for the second seeds. Farida Badawy and Menatalah Fareid experienced defeat at the hands of Egyptian colleagues, Dallu Osama amd Ala Yehia (11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 12-11, 11-7)

Play in Sharm El-Sheikh concludes on Sunday 28th October.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Egypt Junior & Cadet Open Ekaterina Zironova

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