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10 Nov 2018

Main draw places at stake on Friday 9th November at the 2018 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open in Szombathely but in the Junior Girls’ Team event, there was no reservation for the top seeds.

An event in which only the outfits finishing in first positions in the initial group phase advanced to the main draw, there was an agonizing defeat for the Romanian combination of Andreea Dragoman, Tania Plaian and Elena Zhaharia.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Defeat in a full distance five match contest was the end result in opposition to Serbia’s Reka Bezeg, Andjela Menger and Radmila Tominjak; mainstay of the victory being Andjela Menger.

She accounted for Tania Plaian in the opening match of the fixture (8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4), before in the fourth contest overcoming Andreea Dragoman (11-9, 3-11, 11-6, 11-0). The win set the stage for Radmila Tominjak to complete the victory; in the vital fifth and decisive engagement she accounted for Tania Plaian by the narrowest of margins (11-5, 4-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-9) to secure victory and first place in the group for her team.

Second place contrary to status for Romania, it was the same for Poland but hardly a surprise; the trio comprising Katarzyna Wegrzyn, Aleksandra Michalak and Maja Miklaszewska drew the short straw. The no.3 seeds, they suffered a three-nil defeat at the hands of China led by Wu Yangchen, the winner the previous day of the Junior Girls’ Singles title. She lined up alongside Huang Yingqi and Zang Xiaotong.

First place in the group was the end result for China, as it was in the remaining groups for the leading outfits.

The no.2 seeds, Chinese Taipei’s Chen Ting-Ting, Cai Fong-En and Wei Rue-Ling duly topped their group, a situation that applied also to the no.4 seeds, the Russian outfit formed by Elizabet Abraamian, Kristina Kazantseva and Ekaterina Zironova.

Likewise it was first place for the no.5 seeds, Germany’s Sophia Klee, Laura Tiefenbrunner and Anastasia Nondareva, as it was for the French combination of Prithika Pavade, Camille Lutz and Isa Cok, the no.6 seeds.

Proceedings in the Junior Girls’ Team event conclude on Saturday 10th November.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Hungarian Junior & Cadet Open Andreea Dragoman Elena Zaharia Tania Plaian Radmila Tominjak Andjela Menger Reka Bezeg

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