by Ian Marshall, Editor
Somewhat as expected Semen Shevin was beaten by Sweden’s Jonathan Thimon, the highest rated player in the group (11-9, 3-11, 11-4, 11-7). Rather surprisingly, Fabio Rakotoarimanana, the favourite for top spot, suffered in straight games against Sergey Ryzhov, like Semen Shevin from Russia (11-9, 11-9, 12-10).
Direct entries to the second round, life was very different. Semen Shevin overcame Singapore’s Pang Yew En Koen, the top seed (11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4), Fabio Rakotoarimanana accounted for Norway’s Borgar Haug, the no.8 seed (11-4, 11-9, 11-5, 11-8).
Meanwhile for the players against whom they had suffered group stage defeats, the scenario was very different. Jonathan Thimon duly recorded a second round win against Denmark’s Mikkel Emborg (11-6, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7); conversely Sergey Ryzhov lost to Singapore’s Dominic Song Jun Koh in a seven games duel (11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6).
Defeat in their opening matches for Pang Yew En Koen and Borgar Haug, it was the same for two further seeded players who had not been required to compete in the group stage of proceedings and had received a direct entry to round two.
Both Germany’s Daniel Rinderer, the no.14 seed and the host nation’s Bruno Nettarp, the no.16 seed, bid farewell. Daniel Rinderer was beaten by Edward Wesshagen, like Bruno Nettarp from Sweden (11-7, 11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 3-11, 11-7); Bruno Nettarp suffered at the hands of Russia’s Vladislav Makarov (2-11, 12-14, 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-3, 11-2).
Impressive performances and there were two further young men who caught the eye, securing second round wins after having upset the odds to secure first positions in their respective groups. Russia’s Mikhail Rozhkov booked his third round place courtesy of success against England’s Joseph Cope (11-4, 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3), at the same time Poland’s Szymon Kolasa overcame Denmark’s Peter Svenningsen (11-7, 11-8, 13-11, 11-6).
Surprise outcomes; not for the top seed, Sweden’s Truls Moregard started his quest for honours in a most positive manner; he beat Russia’s Maksim Bokov (11-3, 11-1, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5).
The junior boys’ singles event concludes on Thursday 21st February.