18 Apr 2019

Close calls, full distance five match contests but when play came to a close on Wednesday 17th April in the cadet girls’ team event at 2019 Belgium Junior and Cadet Open, the Italian partnership formed by Nicole Arlia and Miriam Carnovale could most certainly reflect with pride.

The no.11 seeds, against the odds, they secured a quarter-final place.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

First place in the initial phase group and an unbeaten record maintained, was secured courtesy of a 3-2 win in opposition to the no.9 seeds, the partnership formed by Anna Peters of the Netherlands and Ireland’s Sophie Earley. The player caused the Italians problems being Sophie Earley, she accounted for both Miriam Carnovale (11-3, 7-11, 11-3, 12-10) and Nicole Aria (11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7).

Tense moments to gain a main draw place, it was the very same against the no.5 seeds, the Greek partnership formed by Chrysi Fotiadu and Malamentinia Papadimitriou in the quest for a quarter-final reservation; a further 3-2 win was posted. The backbone of the victory was Nicole Aria. She accounted for Chrysi Fotiadu (11-6, 11-5, 11-6), before by the narrowest of decisions overcoming Malamentinia Papadimitriou (9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9). The stage set, Miriam Carnovale beat Chrysi Fotiadu (2-11, 12-10, 12-10, 14-12) to complete the victory.

One surprise first round place and according to seeding there were two more; the no.15 seeds, Russia’s Anastasiia Beresbova and Vlada Voronina recorded a 3-0 win against the combination of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Dora Cosic and Poland’s Anna Brzyska, the no.4 seeds, to top their group. Meanwhile in an upset that was no upset at all, China’s Leng Yutong and Xu Yi secured the same margin of victory when facing to the top seeded partnership formed by Croatia’s Hana Arapovic and Puerto Rico’s Brianna Burgos.

Defeat for the top seeds but no such misfortune for the second seeds; Chinese Taipei’s Liu Ru-Yun and Tsai Yun-En duly secured first place in their initial phase group.

Play in the cadet girls’ team competition concludes on Thursday 18th April.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Belgium Junior and Cadet Open Nicole Arlia Miriam Carovale

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