16 Apr 2019

The top 16 seeds not required compete in the qualification phase, all receiving direct entries to the main draw; Russia’s Vlada Voronina and Emine Ernst of the Netherlands, alongside Chinese Taipei’s Liu Ru-Yun emerged the players to shine the brightest on the opening day of play, Monday 15th April, at the 2019 Belgium Junior and Cadet in Spa.

All excelled expectations, all remained unbeaten, all advanced to the main draw, all beat the highest rated players in their respective groups.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Vlada Voronina caused the biggest upset by beating Poland’s Aleksandra Michalak (11-7, 11-2, 8-11, 11-7); following close behind, in the closest match of the day, Emine Ernst accounted for Sweden’s Jennie Edvinsson 6-11, 12-10, 12-10, 8-11, 16-14). Not to be overshadowed, Liu Ru-Yun overcame Guatemala’s Lucia Cordero (11-5, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9).

Defeats for Aleksandra Michalak and Jennie Edvinsson; vitally, it was their only defeat of the day; second place and progress to the main draw was thus reserved. Alas for Lucia Cordero, she suffered a further reverse at the hands of Svetlana Dmitrienko (12-10, 11-7, 11-6) and thus had settle for third place, journey’s end. Svetlana Dmitrienko ended the day in runners up spot.

Defeat for Aleksandra Michalak but progress to the main draw (Photo: Bernard Comeliau)


Surprises but not for the other leading names on initial stage duty. Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsiu-Ting, England’s Denise Payet and Germany’s Sophia Klee reserved first places in their groups as expected, a situation that applied also to China’s Li Yuqi and Sweden’s Rebecca Muskantor.

First positions as anticipated; however, down the order there were unexpected top spots. Chinese Taipei’s Lee Wan-Hsuan, Tsai Yun-En and Chang Ju-Chia, also upset the order of merit to top their groups, as did Turkey’s Merve Cansu Demir, England’s Charlotte Bardsley and China’s Zhang Xiaoting.

Group first place for Tsai Yun-En contrary to expectations (Photo: Mike Loveder)


The junior girls’ singles event will be played to a conclusion on Tuesday 16th April.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Belgium Junior and Cadet Open Vlada Voronina Liu Ru-Yun Emine Ernst

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