08 Nov 2018

The top names exempt, intense competition was the order of proceedings on the opening day of action, Wednesday 7th November, in the Junior Boys’ Singles event at the 2018 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open in Szombathely.

Furthermore, amongst the leading names required to compete in the group stage of play, there were plenty of surprises.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Romania’s Dragos Florin Oprea and Cristian Chirita duly finished in first places in their respective groups, as did the Czech Republic’s Thomas Martinko; otherwise amongst those just below the line to gain a direct entry to the main draw there were problems.

Russia’s Kirill Fadeev finished in first place in his group contrary to expectations; he concluded matters ahead of Croatia’s Leon Santek and the Czech Republic’s Radim Bako who started the day as the highest rated on initial phase duty.

Similarly, the host nation’s Erik Huzsvar, Switzerland’s Barish Moullet and Sweden’s David Andersson all concluded the day in top spot in their groups with the highest rated in second place. Respectively it was runners up spot for Spain’s Francisco Miguel Ruiz, Chinese Taipei’s Chen Jun-Ting and the Czech Republic’s Frantisek Onderka.

Surprise, first places, it was the same for Xiong Mengyang but when taken into consideration that he hails from China, the top spot was no massive upset. He finished ahead of Russia’s Gleb Ivanov with Chile’s Andres Martinez, the highest rated in third position.

Success for Xiong Mengyang, likewise in the Boys’ Doubles event, he enjoyed success; partnering colleague Liu Yebo, the pair progressed to the semi-final stage where they meet Russia’s Maxim Grebnev and Lev Katsman; in the opposite half of the draw colleagues Cao Yantao and Liang Guodong face the Czech Republic’s Frantisek Onderka and Radek Skela.

The individual events conclude on Thursday 8th November.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open Liu Yebo Xiong Mengyang

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