10 Nov 2018

Eight groups in the opening phase of proceedings in the Cadet Boys’ Team event at the 2018 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open in Szombathely; on Friday 9th November there was no room for error, only first position guaranteed progress to the main draw.

Furthermore, there were surprise first places.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Greece represented by Alexandros Madesis and Iakovos Aivatdis very much led the line. They recorded a three-two win in opposition to the combination of Peru’s Carlos Fernandez and Canada’s David Xu, the no.2 seeds, to remain unbeaten and secured first place in their group.

Similarly, Spain’s Diego Lillo and Miguel Angel Pantoja finished in top spot ahead of Belgium’s Louis Laffineur and Alessi Massert. The no.6 seeds, the highest rated in the group, Simon Belik and Ondrej Kveton, had to settle for third place.

Likewise, the no.7 seeds, Hungary’s Mate Ocsai and Eric Huzsvar experienced problems but quite understandable problems. They suffered a three-nil defeat at the hands of China’s Huang Youzheng and Lin Shidong, arguably the favourites for gold.

Otherwise, for the seeded teams it was first place in the group.

Romania, the top seeds, who selected from Iulian Chirita, Dragos Alexandru Bujor, Mihai Rosca and Darius Movileanu finished in first position in their group, as did the no.3 seeds, the German trio comprising Mike Hollo, Felix Köhler and Vincent Senkbeil.

Likewise, Egypt’s Ziad Elshawa and Omar Allam, the no.4 seeds, duly concluded the day in pole position in their group, a situation that also applied to the Russian trio of Denis Izumrudov, Sergey Ryzhov and Vladislav Bannikov. Meanwhile, not to be upstaged, the no.8 seeds, the Chinese Taipei combination of Huang Yan-Cheng and Li Yan-Jun duly emerged at the head of the order.

A busy day concluded and especially for the finalists a busy day ahead, play in the Cadet Boys’ Team event will be played to a conclusion on Saturday 10th November.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open Mike Hollo Iakovos Aivatdis Alexandros Madesis

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