09 Feb 2019

The top two seeds in action, in the final of the cadet boys’ team event at the 2019 Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open on Friday 8th February, status prevailed but it was mightily close.

Iran’s Mohammad Amin Samadi and Navid Shams eventually overcame Czech Republic duo of Simon Belik and Borek Otahal; a 3-2 result was the outcome.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The player to cause the top seeds problems was Simon Belik; he accounted for Mohammad Amin Samadi (11-5, 11-5, 11-6) in the opening match of the fixture, before in the fourth encounter on the itinerary overcoming Navid Shams (11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8). Hero of the hour for Iran was Mohammad Amin Samadi, in the decisive fifth match he beat Borek Otahal (11-6, 11-3, 11-8).

Hard fought success for the Iranian duo; en route to the final, in the latter rounds life had been less dramatic. At the quarter-final stage a 3-0 win had been posted against Egypt’s Omar Elbandarawy and Mohamed Elsisy, prior to a 3-1 semi-final success being secured in opposition to Egypt’s Marwan Gamal and Mohamed Sameh, the no.8 seeds. Thorn in the side of the Iranians was Mohamed Sameh, in the second match of the fixture he overcame Navid Shams (11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5).

Simon Belik remained unbeaten in singles matches throughout the cadet boys’ team event (Photo: courtesy of Bahrain Junior & Cadet Open)


Impressive from Mohammad Amin Samadi and Navid Shams, it was the same in the opposite half of the draw from Simon Belik and Borek Otahal. At the quarter-final stage they recorded a three-one win against Bahrain’s Fadhei Abbas and Sayed Hasan Mahfoodh, prior to reserving their place in the final by emerging successful by the same margin in opposition to the no.10 seeds, the Egyptian partnership formed by Badr Mostafa and Yassin Wael.

Play completed in the cadet boys’ team competition, attention now turns to the individual events; play concludes on Monday 11th February.

A semi-final finish was the end result for Yassin Wael in partnership with Badr Mostafa (Photo: courtesy of Bahrain Junior & Cadet Open)
World Junior Circuit 2019 Bahrain Junior & Cadet Open Navid Shams Simon Belik Mohammad Amin Samadi

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