02 Nov 2018

A seemingly ever increasing reservoir of young players, Chinese Taipei emerged the outfit to attract the attention in the initial phase of the Girls’ Team event at the 2018 Slovak Cadet Open in Senec on Friday 2nd November.

Top seeds, Cheng Pu-Syuan and Liu Ru-Yan set the example for the rest to follow; they duly secured first place in their group, without the loss of a single individual match, as their status advised.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Similarly, the next four teams in the order of ranking emerged unbeaten to reserve top spots in their groups and thus passports to the second phase.

Hungary’s Csenge Adamik and Dorottya Tolgyes, the no.2 seeds, duly ended the day unbeaten, as did the German duo of Annett Kaufmann and Sarah Rau. Likewise, it was first place for Malamantenia Papadimitriou and Dimitra Petsiva of Greece, the no.4 seeds, as it was Lucie Mobarek and Charlotte Lutz of France.

However, for the outfits that completed the top eight names, there were problems. The Czech Republic’s Helena Somerova and Patricie Segetova, the no.6 seeds, experienced a three-one reverse at the hands of  Russia’s Daria Grigoreva and Daria Mikhailova; by the same margin it was defeat for Poland’s Wiktoria Wrzosek and Anna Kubiak, the no.7 seeds. They lost to China’s China’s Zhang Xiaoshu and Xu Yi.

Second place was the end result for both seeded combinations; the teams against whom they suffered defeat remained unbeaten to top their respective groups.

It was the same for Karolina Holda and Anna Brzyska, also on duty for Poland, the no.8 seeds; likewise a three-one defeat was experienced. They were beaten by the French pairing of Clara Beaudron and Clea de Stoppeleire; they duly remained unbeaten and thus secured first position in the group.

A busy day, the second phase of proceedings now follows with matters coming to a conclusion, following the staging of the individual events, on Sunday 4th November.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Slovak Cadet Open Liu Ru-Yun Cheng Pu-Syuan Daria Grigorova

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