28 Nov 2018

Impressive performances earlier in the day, all required to compete in the group qualification stage, contrary to status on Tuesday 27th November, Poland’s Wang Yimu and Croatia’s Ivor Ban progressed to the third round of the Junior Boys’ Singles event at the 2018 Portugal Junior and Cadet Open in Guimarães.

Likewise, not to be overshadowed, in the opposite half of the draw Italy’s Andrea Puppo, India’s Aadarsh Om Chhetri and China’s Tao Yuchang all achieved the same feat.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Wang Yimu, after accounting for England’s James Smith (6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6), caused a second round upset by overcoming Spain’s Francisco Miguel Ruiz, the no.11 seed (8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7).

Similarly in the second round Ivor Ban upset the order of merit, following success against Spain’s Alberto Vilardell (11-4, 7-11, 11-8, 1-11, 11-4, 11-8), he overcame the Czech Republic’s Frantisek Onderka, the no.13 seed (2-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7).

The form of earlier in the day maintained; it was the same for Andrea Puppo who beat qualifiers Elwin Huiden of the Netherlands (11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 11-3) and Portugal’s David Bessa (11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 5-11, 11-3, 12-10) to reserve his third round place.

Success without the need for a deciding seventh game; it was the same for Aadarsh Om Chhetri and Tao Yuchang. Aadarsh Om Chhetri beat Spain’s Norbert Tauler (11-7, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6), followed by success against Chile’s Andres Martinez, the no.12 seed (7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7, 12-11); Tao Yuchang accounted for Corentin Lemire of France (11-9, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5), before prevailing against the host nation’s Tiago Li, the no.6 seed (11-7, 11-7, 11-8, 12-10).

Defeats for notable names but for the most prominent of all there was success; all from India and enjoying direct entries to the second round.

Manav Vikash Thakkar, the top seed, beat China’s Xiong Mengyang (13-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-6); meanwhile, in a similarly impressive manner, colleagues all ended French hopes. Manush Utpalbhai Shah, the no.2 seed, ousted Martin Baechler (11-5, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9), Snehit Suravajjula, the no.3 seed, overcame Alexis Lebrun (11-6, 10-12, 11-5, 9-11, 12-10, 11-4). Rather more comfortably, Jeet Chandra, the no.4 seed, halted any aspirations harboured by Dylan Chaperon (11-7, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6).

Proceedings in the Junior Boys’ Singles will be played to a conclusion on Wednesday 28th November.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Portugal Junior & Cadet Open Ivor Ban Tao Yuchang Andrea Puppo Wang Yimu Aadarsh Om Chhetri

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