23 Mar 2019

First place in the group, the only option to gain a place in the main draw in both the junior girls’ team and cadet girls’ team events at the 2019 Italian Junior and Cadet Open in Lignano, the nation to rise to the occasion was France.

Contrary to expectations the combination of Julie Pennec, Berenice Marteau and Marie Chapet secured the top position in their junior team group, as did Loa-Line Frete, Charlotte Lutz and Clea de Stoppeleire in the cadet girls’ team competition.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Both outfits remained unbeaten, the crucial contest in the junior event being against the no.6 seeds, the Czech Republic trio of Zdena Blaskova, Linda Zaderova and Klara Hrabicova; a 3-2 margin of victory was the end result. Zdena Blaskova beat both Julie Pennec (11-9, 11-3, 8-11, 10-12, 11-5) and Berenice Marteau (6-11, 11-4, 11-6, 13-11) but that was the sum total of Czech success.

Meanwhile, in the cadet girls’ team event, the crucial result was a 3-1 win in opposition to the no.8 seeds, the Greek duo of Malamatenia Papadimitriou, Chrysi Fotiadou. Mainstay of the victory was Charlotte Lutz, she accounted for Chrysi Fotiadou (11-7, 11-4, 11-4) and Malamatenia Papadimitriou (11-8, 11-6, 11-9).

Otherwise, in the junior girls’ team event, the leading lights prevailed. Poland, Italy, Russia and China in addition to the outfit formed by Amy Wang of the United States, Belgium’s Estelle Duvivier and Portugal’s Raquel Martins duly secured first places in their respective groups.

Likewise in the cadet girls’ team competition, it was pole position in the group for China, Romania, Singapore and Poland; however for Croatia, the no.4 seeds and Hungary, the no.6 seeds, there were defeats and thus no progress to the main draw.

The Croatian outfit formed by Hana Arapovic, Bruna Borovec and Hanna Loncarevic experienced a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Russia’s Iulia Pugovkina, Anastasia Sizova and Iulia Pugovkins; for Hungary’s Dorottya Tolgyes, Csenge Adamik and Kira Balogh it was a 3-0 reverse against the United States combination of Joanna Sung and Rachel Sung.

Play in the junior girls’ team event concludes on Saturday 23rd March.

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