21 Feb 2019

Most impressive the previous week in the Czech Republic, Japan’s Ami Shirayama was very much a young lady who caught the eye on the opening day of play, Wednesday 20th February, at the 2019 Swedish Junior and Cadet Open in Örebro.

Against the odds, the 13 year old finished in first place in her group, before proceeding to record an opening round success in opposition to Germany’s Leonie Berger (11-9, 11-3, 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 7-11, 11-6), a player who likewise had topped her group contrary to expectations.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Imposing from Ami Shirayama; however if there was one nation to attract the attention it was Russia; Svetlana Dmitrenko, Karina Korzunova and Alina Zavarykina all secured first places in their respective groups contrary to expectations, before recording opening round wins.

Determination evident, Svetlana Dmitrenko and Alina Zavarykina both damped the aspirations of the United States. Svetlana Dmitrenko beat Purvi Soni (11-4, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7), Alina Zavarykina accounted for Sabrina Zhu (8-11, 11-3, 11-9, 14-12, 11-13, 11-2). Meanwhile, for Karina Korzunova, it was success against the host nation; she ended the hopes of Sweden’s Hanna Holgersson (11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 12-10).

Hard fought contest, for the leading names it was very much a day to watch and wait; the top ten seeds all receiving direct entries to the second round. However, for two notable names required to compete in the opening round, having not been required to compete in the group stage, there were testing times.

Both involved England; Denise Payet, the no.11 seed, eventually overcame Sweden’s Nina Johansson (11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5), whilst colleague, Jasmin Wong came so close to causing an upset when facing Hungary’s Daria Helga. She extended the no.16 seed, the full distance (7-11, 11-3, 12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4).

Play in the junior girls’ singles event concludes on Thursday 21st February.

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