08 Nov 2018

Places in the main draw to join the highly seeded players who had received a direct entry to the second stage, it was success for the principal names in the Junior Girls’ Singles event on Wednesday 7th November, the opening day of action at the 2018 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open.

Notably the host nation’s Fanni Harasztovich set the example.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The 17 year old accounted for Italy’s Arianna Barani in her opening match, succeeding by the narrowest of margins in a full distance five games contest (11-6, 11-7, 2-11, 2-11, 11-9), before rather more comfortably accounting for Hanitra Raharimanana of France in four games (11-7, 11-2, 5-11, 11-9).

Arianna Barani duly overcame Hanitra Raharimanana in the concluding engagement (15-13, 11-7, 11-3) to secure second place and thus advanced to the main draw.

Likewise, Germany’s Laura Tiefenbrunner and Anastasia Bondareva alongside Slovakia’s Ema Labosova and Romania’s Elena Zaharia secured first places as did China’s Wu Yangchen. However, amongst the leading names there were problems for Andreea Hudusan, like Elena Zaharia from Romania and for Ukraine’s Anastasiya Dymytrenko.

Andreea Hudusan was beaten by Japan’s Yura Shinohara (11-4, 11-6, 11-8) and had to settle for second place in the group; for Anastasiya Dymytrenko it was third position. She experienced defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic’s Jana Vasendova (11-7, 12-10, 11-5), before losing to Serbia’s Reka Bezeg, the eventual group winner. Jana Vasendova duly concluded matters in second position.

Fanni Harasztovich and Laura Tiefenbrunner, it was the same in the Junior Girls’ Doubles event where they progressed safely to the semi-finals. Awaiting in the penultimate round is the partnership formed by China’s Li Yuqi and Yang Yiyun; in the opposite half of the draw the same scenario faces the French partnership formed by Camille Lutz and Prithika Pavade. They confront Wi Yangchen and Zang Xiaotong.

The Junior Girls’ Singles and Junior Girls’ Doubles events will be played to a conclusion on Thursday 8th November.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open Laura Tiefenbrunner Fanni Harasztovich

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