02 May 2019

Runner up earlier in the year in Bahrain, Russia’s Olga Vishniakova emerged the surprise winner of the junior girls’ singles event at the 2019 Spanish Junior and Cadet Open in Platja d’Aro on Thursday 2nd May.

The no.6 seed, she was somewhat of an outsider for the title; the fact the previous day she had finished in second place in her group suggested that she was an even greater outsider. Evidence advised the 18 year old was not in the best of form.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In her concluding group phase contest she had been beaten by Hong Kong’s Poon Yat (11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8), a player whose name does not appear on the current under 18 girls’ world rankings.

History laid to rest, on the second day of action Olga Vishniakova responded and responded in some style. In her opening contest, she beat Germany’s Franziska Schreiner, the top seed (11-8, 14-12, 11-8, 11-8), prior to overcoming colleague Vlada Voronina, the no.38 seed (11-13, 14-12, 11-7, 4-11, 11-5, 11-9) to reserve a semi-final place.

Growing in confidence, she ousted Laura Tiefenbrunner, like Franziska Schreiner from Germany and the no.8 seed (11-4, 7-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8) to book her place in the final. Notably Laura Tiefenbrunner had impressed, at the quarter-final stage she had beaten Russia’s Ekaterina Zironova, the no.3 seed (9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3).

A place in the final secured, Olga Vishniakova overcame colleague, Elizabet Abraamian, the no.4 seed, by the very narrowest of seven game margins to secure the title (11-6, 12-14, 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 9-11, 13-11).

Impressive from Olga Vishniakova; en route to the final, it had been very much the same from Elizabet Abraamian. After accounting for colleagues Alina Zavarykina, the no.31 seed (9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-13, 11-5, 12-10, 11-7) and Natalia Malanina, the no.9 seed (11-8, 6-11, 13-15, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8), she ended the hopes of Chinese Taipei’s Tsai Yu-Chin, the no.2 seed (11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 11-5) to reserve her place in the title deciding contest.

Disappointment for Elizabet Abraamian but there was success. She partnered Ekaterina Zironova to junior girls’ doubles gold. The top seeds, after recording a semi-final win in opposition to Tsai Yu-Chin and her Chinese Taipei colleague, Huang Yu-Jie, the no.3 seeds (11-8, 11-9, 11-3), the duo secured the title at the final expense of Franziska Schreiner and German compatriot, Anastasia Bondareva, the no.2 seeds (4-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-4).

In the opposite half of the draw, in the penultimate round, Anastasia Bondareva and Franziska Schreiner had ended the aspirations of Vlada Voronina and Alina Zavarykina, the no.17 seeds (4-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-4).

The junior girls’ singles and junior girls’ doubles events concluded, attention now turns the junior boys’ team and cadet boys’ team competitions.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Spanish Junior & Cadet Open Olga Vishniakova

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