16 Feb 2019

Only the outfits finishing in first places in each of the seven groups progressing to the main draw, it was disappointment for the host nation in the junior boys’ team event at the 2019 Czech Junior and Cadet Hodonin on Friday 15th February.

The no.5 seeds, the trio comprising Radim Bako, Tomas Martinko and Frantisek Onderka suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the no.8 seeds, the outfit formed by Brazil’s Rafael Torino who joined forces with Moldova’s Vladislav Ursu and Felix Cozmolici.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Second place was the end result with their conquerors ending the group unbeaten and thus advancing to the quarter-finals.

Mainstay of the victory was Vladislav Ursu; after Rafael Torino had beaten Tomas Martinko in five games (8-11, 11-3, 15-13, 11-13, 11-3), he accounted for Radim Bako (11-8, 12-10, 11-7), before in the fourth match of the engagement bringing matters to a close by overcoming Tomas Martinko (11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9).

Disappointment for the Czech Republic, it was the same for the no.7 seeds, the Austrian combination of Maciek Kolodziejczk, Jonas Promberger and André Pierre Kases; they finished in an unexpected third place. Top position was secured by the no.11 seeds, Serbia who selected from Nemanja Dilas, Hunor Falb, Jovan Jockov and Dimtrije Levajac; second place finished in the hands of the Slovenia trio comprising Matija Novel, Rok Trtnik and Taj Lavric, the no.21 seeds.

Problems for notable teams, not for the top two outfits; Singapore, the top seeds who selected from Beh Kun Ting, Josh Shao Han Chua, Pang Yew En Koen and Dominic Song Jun Koh duly finished in first position in their group as did the next in line, the Polish selection comprising Samuel Kulczyki, Maciej Kubik, Jan Zandecki and Szymon Kolasa.

Play in the junior boys’ team event concludes on Saturday 16th February.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Czech Junior & Cadet Open Vladimir Ursu

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