26 May 2019

Eight groups in the first stage of play in the junior boys’ team event at the 2019 Polish Junior and Cadet Open in Wladyslawowo, only top spot sufficient to ensure progress to the main draw, on Friday 24th May, the host nation trio comprising Michal Malachowski, Jakub Witkowski and Jan Zandecki emerged the surprise outfit to secure first place.

They commenced matters in the no.12 seeded spot; they finished the day in first place in their group.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Notably they recorded a 3-1 win in opposition to the no.8 seeds, the Swiss outfit formed by Barish Moullet, Elias Hardmeier and Pedro Osiro, the mainstay of the victory being Jan Zandecki. He accounted for both Elias Hardmeier (9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-3) and Barish Moullet (11-2, 11-7, 11-8).

First place for Michal Malachowski, Jakub Witkowski and Jan Zandecki, it was the same for their colleagues Samuel Kulczycki, Maciej Kubik and Szymon Kolasa but as anticipated, they commenced play the no.2 seed.

However, the group first place was not secured without difficulty; they needed the full five matches to overcome the international combination of Russia’s Nikita Timfev, Damir Akmetsafin and Slovakia’s Kamil Pach. The player to cause the problems was Damir Akmetsafin; he accounted for both Maciej Kubik (11-5, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5) and Samuel Kulczycki (11-7, 11-8, 11-8).

Exacting times for Poland, not for the top seeds, the French outfit formed by Lilian Bardet, Vincent Picard, Myshal Sabhi and Fabio Rakotoarimanana; they secured first place in their group without conceding a single individual match.

Meanwhile, in the cadet boys’ team event, the top seeds, Romania’s Darius Movileanu and Andrei Tomica duly concluded their group in first place but there were plenty of surprise top spots.

Romania’s Horia Stefan Ursut and Andre Teodor Istrate, the no.17 seeds, clinched first place in their group contrary to predictions, as did the no.25 seeds, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Chin-Chieh, Chuang Chia-Chuan and Hsu Chen-Fong. Likewise, unexpectedly the host nation’s Daniel Moldovan and Paul Szilagy, the no.22 seeds, secured first position in their group as did the no.9 seeds, the Czech Republic’s Vit Kadlec and Stepan Brehl.

Play in the junior boys’ team and cadet boys’ team events concludes on Saturday 25th May.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Polish Junior & Cadet Open Jan Zandecki Michal Malachowski Jakub Witkowski

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