16 Feb 2019

Six groups in the initial stage of proceedings in the cadet girls’ team event at the 2019 Czech Junior and Cadet Open in Hodonin; when play closed on Friday 15th February, the highest rated outfits had all secured first places.

However, there were close encounters; on another day life could have been very different.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Romania, the top seeds, represented by Ioana Singeorzan and Elena Zaharia needed the full five matches to beat the Japanese combination of Miwa Harimoto and Yura Shinohara; the player to cause the European outfit being 10 year old Miwa Harimoto, the younger sister of Tomokazu Harimoto.

She beat Ioana Singeorzan (11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9), before partnering Yura Shinohara to doubles success (15-13, 12-10, 11-9). Mainstay of the Romanian victory was Elena Zaharia; she beat both Yura Shinohara (10-12, 11-2, 11-4, 11-5) and Miwa Harimoto (11-3, 11-6, 11-7), the wins setting the stage for Ioana Singeorzan to complete the task. In the vital concluding match of the fixture, she accounted for Yura Shinohara (11-7, 11-4, 12-10).

Similarly for Wales, the no.5 seeds, represented by Anna Hursey and Lara Whitton, endured a testing encounter against the Portuguese combination of Innes Gonzalves and Innes Matos. A 3-2 Welsh win was the order of the day with Anna Hursey the star of the show. She beat both Innes Matos (11-4, 11-6, 11-8) and Innes Gonzalves (11-7, 11-6, 11-8) whilst in the third match of the fixture partnering Lara Whitton to doubles success (4-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-4, 11-7).

Close calls for Romania and Wales, it was the same for the Russian duo of Vlada Voronina and Alina Zavarykina, the no.6 seeds; they were extended the full five match distance by the French combination of Charlotte Lutz and Lucie Mobarek.

Backbone of the Russian success was Alina Zavarykina; she accounted for both Lucie Mobarek (11-3, 11-7, 11-9) and Charlotte Lutz (8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-7). The wins set the scene for Vlada Voronina to bring matters to a close. She succeeded but there were nervous moments, she lost the opening two games against Lucie Mobarek before emerging successful (4-11, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-6).

Play in the cadet girls’ team event concludes on Saturday 16th February.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Czech Junior & Cadet Open Elena Zaharia

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