12 Feb 2019

Beaten in her opening match, successful in her last; Russia’s Kristina Kazantseva won the junior girls’ singles title at the 2019 Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open in Manama on Monday 11th February and in so doing collected her first such title on the ITTF World Junior Circuit.

Furthermore, partnering colleague Olga Vishniakova, she added the junior girls' doubles title to the junior girls' team title won two days earlier.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

After, in the group phase of proceedings experiencing defeat in her opening contest at the hands of India’s Yashaswini Deepak Ghorpade (11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9); the top seed, she secured the title at the final expense of Olga Vishniakova, the no.4 seed (11-8, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8).

Success and well earned success; in the later stages she had overcome most worthy Indian opposition.
In the quarter-final she beat Manushree Patel in six games (11-4, 12-10, 9-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-9), before reserving her place in the final courtesy of success in opposition to Swastika Ghosh, the no.3 seed (10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8). Notably, in the opening round Manushree Patel had beaten Egypt’s Farida Badawy, the no.2 seed (11-4, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9).

Silver in the junior girls’ singles event but junior girls’ doubles gold for Olga Vishniakova when partnering Kristina Kazantseva (Photo: courtesy of Bahrain Junior & Cadet Open)


Testing times for Kristina Kazantseva, it was very much the same for Olga Vishniakova; in the round of the last eight she overcame India’s Anargya Manjunath, the no.7 seed (11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7), prior to recording a penultimate success in opposition to Egypt’s Hana Goda, the no.6 seed (11-8, 12-10, 16-14, 6-11, 8-11, 11-8).

Finalists in the junior girls’ singles event, it was the same in the junior girls’ doubles; Kristina Kazantseva and Olga Vishniakova secured the title at the final expense of Swastika Ghosh and Manushree Patil (9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6).

Success for Kristina Kazantseva and Olga Vishniakova; on the concluding day of play there was also success for Anargya Manjunath and Hana Goda.

Gold for Anargya Manjunath in the cadet girls’ singles event (Photo: courtesy of Bahrain Junior & Cadet Open)


Anargya Manjunath emerged the cadet girls’ singles winner beating Yashaswini Deepak Ghorpade in the final to claim the title (11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9), having at the semi-final stage ended the hopes of Malamentina Papadimitriou of Greece (11-8, 11-8, 11-8). Significantly in the opposite half of the draw, Yashaswini Deepak Ghorpade had beaten Hana Goda (11-9, 11-7, 11-6), the player who less than one hour earlier had ended her progress at the quarter-final stage of the junior girls’ singles competition; a six games verdict had been the outcome (6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7).

The third step of the podium for Hana Goda; in the mini-cadet girls’ singles event, it was the top step; at the final hurdle she beat Syria’s Hend Zaha (11-5, 11-5, 11-5).

Hana Gold, the mini-cadet girls’ singles winner (Photo: courtesy of Bahrain Junior & Cadet Open)
World Junior Circuit 2019 Bahrain Junior & Cadet Open Kristina Kazantseva

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