07 Feb 2019

Places in the main draw of the junior boys’ team event at the 2019 Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open in Manama at stake on Thursday 7th February, France emerged the dominant force.

Lilian Bardet and Vincent Picard, the top seeds, duly ended the day in first place in their group as status anticipated; colleagues Myshaal Sabhi and Dorian Zheng upset the order of merit.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Myshaal Sabhi and Dorian Zheng, the no.5 seeds, duly remained unbeaten to finish in first place in their group; the crucial contest being in opposition to the Egyptian combination of Abdelrahman Dendan and Ahmed Elborhamy, the no.2 seeds.

A most impressive three-nil victory margin was the order of proceedings; Dorian Zheng beat Ahmed Elborahamy (12-10, 11-7, 10-12, 11-5), before Myshaal Sabhi accounted for Abdelrahman Dendan (10-12, 12-10, 13-15, 11-5, 11-7) and a hard fought doubles contest (11-6, 7-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-6) brought matters to a conclusion.

First places for France, Lilian Bardet and Vincent Picard having finished ahead of India’s Raegan Alburquerque and Akash Pal; in the one remaining group it was first place for Russia. Lev Katsman and Artem Tikhonov, the no.3 seeds, ended the day in top spot with the combination of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Nikola Mihailovic and Slovakia’a Filip Delincak, the no.9 seeds, in second place.

Meanwhile in the junior girls’ team event, organized on a group basis, the top seeded Russian outfit formed by Kristina Kazantseva and Olga Vishniakova was not called to action; the one unbeaten outfit at the conclusion of the initial contests being India’s Swastika Ghosh and Manushree Patil, the no.2 seeds.

Unbeaten but they almost came to grief; they had to perform a recovery of note to overcome Egypt’s Sara Elhakem and Hend Fathy, the no.3 seeds. Swastika Ghosh lost to Sara Elhakem (10-12, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7), before Manushree Patil experienced the same fate at the hands of Hend Fathy (11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 6-11, 11-6). It was at that stage the tide turned. The Indian duo secured the doubles (11-5, 9-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8), before Swastika Ghosh beat Hend Fathy (11-8, 11-9, 11-9) and Manushree Patil overcame Sara Elhakem (12-10, 11-8, 12-10) to complete the fightback,

The junior boys’ team and junior girls’ team events both conclude on Friday 8th February.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Bahrain Junior & Cadet Open Dorian Zheng Lilian Bardet Vincent Picard Myshaal Sabhi

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