17 Feb 2019

Somewhat outsiders, Belgian represented by Nicolas Degros, Olav Kosolosky and Adrien Rassenfosse upset the order of merit to win the junior boys’ team title at the 2019 Czech Junior and Cadet Open in Hodonin on Saturday 16th February.

They commenced proceedings as the no.4 seeds; challengers for honours but not favourites.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

At the final hurdle they secured the title at the expense of the no.3 seeds, the Hungarian combination of Csaba Andras, Oliver Both and Patrik Juhasz; in what was a true team effort.

Adrian Rassenfosse gave his team the perfect start by beating Patrik Juhasz (7-11, 11-5, 13-11, 11-3), before Bence Csaba responded to level proceedings by overcoming Olav Kosolosky (11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5).
The overall score in the fixture level, Nicolas Degros accounted for Oliver Both (15-13, 13-11, 12-10), before Olav Kosolosky returned to the fray, he overcame Patrik Juhasz (11-3, 11-5, 11-13, 11-3) to seal the victory.

Similarly, one round earlier when confronting the top seeded Singapore combination of Pang Yew En Koen, Ben Kun Ting and Josh Shao Han Chua it had also been very much a team effort. Pang Yew En Koen beat both Olav Kosolosky (7-11, 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7) and Adrien Rassenfosse (11-3, 13-11, 11-7) but that was the sum total of south east Asian success.

A closely contested semi-final success for the Belgian trio; for Csaba Andras, Oliver Both and Patrik Juhasz, life in the preliminary round had been less demanding. Facing the no.6 seeds, the Russian combination formed by Maksim Bokov, Maksim Grebnev and Nikita Moshkov, a comprehensive 3-0 win had been recorded.

Matters in the junior boys’ team event concluded, attention now turns to the younger age group; the cadet boys’ singles, cadet girls’ singles, cadet boys’ doubles and cadet girls’ doubles events bring matters to a conclusion on Sunday 17th February.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Czech Junior & Cadet Open Belgium

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