03 Dec 2018

Places in the quarter-finals of the Girls’ Team event at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Bendigo, Australia at stake on the morning of Monday 3rd December, Russia and Romania duly advanced without great alarm; for the United States, it was a very different story.

They owe a debt of gratitude to Amy Wang; the 16 year old being the heroine of the hour in a three-two success for the no.8 seeds in opposition to France, the no.10 seeds.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In the second match of the contest, Amy Wang accounted for Leili Mostafavi in four games (13-15, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7), before in the vital fifth and deciding duel, she emerged successful in a dramatic five games engagement (8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8).

The one further win for the United States was recorded in the third match when Rachel Sung overcame Lucie Gauthier in a tense five games encounter (9-11, 13-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-6). The wins for France both came at the expense of Crystal Wang, both in full distance five games. In the opening match of the fixture, she was beaten by Prithika Pavade (10-12, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7), before in the fourth losing to Leili Mostafavi (16-14, 10-12, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6).

A quarter-final place reserved in dramatic circumstances, for Russia and Romania, life was less fraught.

Russia, the no.5 seeds, represented by Mariia Tailakova, Anastasia Kolish and Kristina Kazatseva recorded a three-nil win against the no.11 seeds, the Belarus outfit formed by Maharyta Baltsushite, Nadezhda Bogdanova and Darya Kisel. Similarly, the no.7 seeds, Romania’s Andreea Dragoman, Tania Plaian and Elena Zaharia emerged successful by the same margin when opposing the no.9 seeds, Serbia’s Andjela Menger, Sabina Surjan and Tijana Jokic.

Meanwhile, in the one remaining contest that brought the group phase of the Girls’ Team event to a close, one where pride was at stake, both teams having lost to the Korea Republic, it was success for the no.6 seeds, India. Selecting Prapti Sen, Archana Girish Kamath and Selena Selvakumar, they recorded a three-one win in opposition to the no.12 seeds, Brazil who fielded the trio of Bruna Takahashi, Livia Lima and Giulia Takahashi.

The quarter-finals of the Girls’ Team event will be played later in the day.

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