// Second round places decided, impressive performance raise eyebrows - International Table Tennis Federation


02 May 2019

Exceeding expectations, Russia’s Anastasiia Beresnova and Vlada Voronina, alongside Hong Kong’s Poon Yat and England’s Megan Gidney, were very much the players to attract the attention as the initial stages of the junior girls’ singles event progressed at the 2019 Spanish Junior and Cadet Open in Platja d’Aro on Wednesday 1st May.

All reserved second round places.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Contrary to status, first place in the initial stage group was secured; soon after opening round wins were secured.

Anastasiia Beresnova beat England’s Denise Payet (11-6, 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 11-7) to reserve her second round place; similarly Vlada Voronina accounted for Portugal’s Raquel Martins (12-14, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4, 11-1). Meanwhile, in a similar vein Megan Gidney accounted for Spain’s Ana Maria Vertiz (11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 13-11, 3-11, 13-11); Poon Yat ended the hopes of the Czech Republic’s Gabriela Stepanova (10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9).

Somewhat surprise names to appear in round two; not where the very elite are concerned. Germany’s Franziska Schreiner, the top seed, duly finished in first place in her group and thus received a direct entry to the second round, as did Chinese Taipei’s Tsai Yu-Chin, the no.2 seed. In a similar vein the Russian combination of Ekaterina Zironova and Elizabet Abraamian, the respective third and fourth seeds, advanced to round two.

Surprise outcomes in the junior girls’ singles event; in the junior girls’ doubles, there was one casualty of note. The no.4 seeds, the combination of Brazil’s Giulia Takahashi and Laura Tiefenbrunner, experienced a narrow second round defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Chen Tsai-Nai and Liu Ru-Yun (11-8, 5-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9).

Problems for the fourth seeds, there were no such difficulties for the remaining leading pairs. Elizabet Abraamian and Ekaterina Zironova, the top seeds, duly progressed to the quarter-final round as did Franziska Schreiner in partnership with colleague Anastasia Bondareva. Likewise, the Tsai Yu-Chin in in harness with compatriot Huang Yu-Jie, the no.3 seeds, duly progressed.

The junior girls’ singles and junior girls’ doubles events will be played to a conclusion on Thursday 2nd May.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Spanish Junior & Cadet Open Poon Yat Voronina Megan Gidney Anastasiia Beresnova

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