26 May 2019

Selecting Lilian Bardet, Vincent Picard and Myshaal Sabhi throughout the later stages, Fabio Rakotoarimanana resigned to the bench, France, the top seeds, emerged successful in the junior boys’ team event at the 2019 Polish Junior and Cadet Open in Wladyslawowo on Saturday 25th May.

At the final hurdle they recorded a 3-1 margin of victory against the no.2 seeds, the host nation formation of Maciej Kubik, Samuel Kulczycki and Szymon Kolasa.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Backbone of the victory was Vincent Picard, the player who two days earlier had won the junior boys’ singles title; he accounted for both Samuel Kulczycki (12-10, 11-5, 13-11) and Maciej Kubik (11-3, 11-9, 11-8).

A hard fought win in opposition to Poland, earlier at the semi-final stage, the success had been even harder earned. After recording a 3-1 quarter-final success against the no.5 seeds, Italy’s John Oyebode, Carlo Rossi and Andrea Puppo, the champions elect needed the full five matches to overcome the no.3 seeds, the Hungarian combination of Csaba Andras, Patrik Juhasz and Oliver Both. The player to cause the French trio problems was Csaba Andras, he beat both Lilian Bardet (4-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9) and Vincent Picard (12-10, 7-11, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10).

Eventual success for France, at the quarter-final stage it had been very similar for Hungary, they had been stretched the full five matches by the no.6 seeds, Swedish trio comprising Jonatan McDonald, Martin Friis and Jonathan Thimion. A most testing encounter, later at the semi-final stage they secured 3-1 win in opposition to the no.4 seeds, the German combination of Kirill Fadeev, Kay Stumper and Dominik Jonack.

Success for the top seeds in the junior boys’ team event, in an all Romanian final, in the cadet boys’ team event it was success for the second seeds in opposition to the top seeds. Iulian Chirita and Eduard Ionescu recorded a 3-0 win when facing Andrei Tomica and Darius Movileanu.

Notably at the semi-final stage Andrei Tomica and Darius Movileanu had recorded a 3-2 win against compatriots Horia Stefan Ursut and Andre Teodor Ionescu, by the same margin Iulian Chirita and Eduard Ionescu had ended the hopes of Germany’s Mike Holloand Felix Kohler.

Play concludes in Wladyslawowo on Sunday 26th May with the cadet boys’ singles and cadet boys’ doubles events alongside the cadet girls’ singles and cadet girls’ doubles competitions.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Polish Junior & Cadet Open Lilian Bardet Vincent Picard Myshaal Sabhi

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