28 Nov 2018

The early rounds of the Junior Boys’ Doubles event completed on Tuesday 27th November at the 2018 Portugal Junior and Cadet Open in Guimarães, the French combination of Antoine Doyen and Aexis Lebrun, the no.20 seeds, emerged the partnership to attract the attention.

Accounting for Spain’s Alberto Lillo and Francesco Miguel Ruiz, the no.3 seeds (6-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6), they emerged the one surprise pair to reserve a quarter-final place.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In the round of the last eight pairs, they now meet the combination of Portugal’s Gonçalo Gomez and India’s Deepit Patil, the no.7 seeds; in the same half of the draw also from India, Manav Vikash Thakkar and Manush Utpalbhai Shah, the top seeds, confront Chile’s Gustavo Castillo and Andres Martinez, the no.8 seeds (9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8).

Meanwhile, in the adjacent half, India is also prominent; Jeet Chandra and Snehit Suravajjula, the no.2 seeds, face the Czech Republic’s Radim Bako and Frantisek Onderka, the no.5 seeds; the host nation’s Samuel da Silva and Tiago Li, the no.4 seeds, oppose Spain’s Marc Gutierrez and Miguel Nuñez, the no.6 seeds (11-4, 12-10, 11-9).

Surprises few and far between, as play progressed to the quarter-final round of the Women’s Doubles event, life was very different.

India’s Swastika Ghosh and Prapti Sen, the top seeds, experienced a second round defeat at the hands of China’s Qin Xiaoce and Xin Chenglin (11-7, 13-11, 11-6); the host nation’s Ines Batista and Iona Lopes, the no.7 seeds, suffered when facing the Netherlands combination of Emine Ernst and Emma Van der Zanden (11-2, 11-2, 11-3).

Success for the Netherlands against expectations but there was also the opposite scenario, Dobrilla Jorguseska and Karlijn Van Lierop, the no.8 seed, lost to Portugal’s Liu Yanzi and Silvia Santos, the no.15 seeds, 11-7, 11-2, 11-4). Surprises, there was one more, the combination of Lavanya Maruthapandian of the United States and Russia’s Daria Mikhailova, the no.9 seeds, ousted Spain’s Nerea Garcia and Andrea Perez, the no.5 seeds (9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7).

Otherwise, it was progress for the leading pairs. At the quarter-final stage Sweden’s Jennie Edvinsson and Alma Roose, the no.4 seeds, meet Emine Ernst and Emma Van der Zanden; also in the top half of the draw Lavanya Maruthapandian and Russia’s Daria Mikhailova face Qin Xiaoce and Xin Chenglin.
In the lower half it is the combination formed by Marie Chapet of France and India’s Selena Selvakumar, the no.3 seeds, in opposition to Liu Yangzi and Silvia Santos; Portugal’s Raquel Martins and Celia Silva, the no.2 seeds, versus India’s Anusha Kutumbale and Manushree Patil, the no.6 seeds.

Play in the Junior Boys’ Doubles and Junior Girls’ Doubles events will be played to a conclusion on Wednesday 28th November.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Portugal Junior & Cadet Open Alberto Lillo Gonçalo Gomez Francesco Miguel Ruiz Deepit Patil

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