28 Oct 2018

A first appearance, China’s Ding Shixian made the ideal start to what could be a flourishing international career; on Sunday 28th October he won the Junior Boys’ Singles title at the 2018 Egypt Junior and Cadet Open in Sharm El Sheikh.

The winner the previous day in opposition to the host nation’s Youssef Abdel-Aziz, the top seed (11-13, 15-13, 11-8, 11-3, 7-11, 11-8); the 14 year old maintained his form.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

At the semi-final stage he beat Sweden’s Oskar Danielsson, the no.6 seed (11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 13-11, 11-1), prior to overcoming India’s Raegan Alburquerque, the no.4 seed (11-8, 10-12, 13-11, 11-9, 13-11) to reserve the top step of the podium. In the counterpart semi-final Raegan Alburquerque had beaten the host nation’s Marwan Abdelwahab (11-7, 14-12, 7-11, 11-3, 14-12).

Defeat for Marwan Abdelwahab but alongside Youssef Abdel-Aziz, there was for both an air of revenge; earlier in the day they had won the Junior Boys’ Doubles title beating Ding Shixian and colleague Han Yunqi in the final (11-4, 11-7, 11-9).

One step short of two titles on the closing day of play for Ding Shixian, for Romania’s Radu Andrei Miron that feat was achieved. Partnering colleague Dragos Alexandru Bujor, in the first place, gold was secured in the Cadet Boys’ doubles event; at the final hurdle the duo overcame Egypt’s Ziad Elshawa and Yehia Saad (11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9).

Later in the day, having beaten his doubles partner, the no.5 seed, at the semi-final stage of proceedings (10-12, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5), Radu Andrei Miron, the no.9 seed, accounted for Saudi Arabia’s Khalid Alsharif, the no.6 seed, to secure Cadet Boys’ Singles gold (10-12, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5). In the opposite half of the draw, Khalid Alsharif had reserved his place in the final courtesy of success when facing Sweden’s Melker Ostblom (4-11, 11-6, 11-7,8-11, 11-7).

Titles for China, Romania and the host nation; notably there was also success for India. Rajeer Vishal Shah won the Mini Cadet Boys’ Singles event, in the final he beat the his nation’s Badr Mostafa (11-6, 11-6, 11-7).

World Junior Circuit 2018 Egypt Junior & Cadet Open Ding Shixian

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