by Ian Marshall, Editor
Notably Vincent Picard, the top seed, ended the day as the one player to be assured of first place in the initial group stage of proceedings; he accounted for both England’s Sajad Ali (11-6, 11-1, 11-5) and Morocco’s Adam Abouhind (11-1, 11-3, 11-0) to complete his initial phase matches.
Meanwhile for Filip Delincak, the no.2 seed and Adam Klajber, the no.3 seed, as for the next on the list, Abdelbasset Chaichi, each has one match yet to play. First place in the group beckons, none, like Vincent Picard, having been troubled in their initial contests.
Noteworthy performances but the two most noteworthy were those achieved by Saudi Arabia’s Mahdi Al-Huleal and the Czech Republic’s Dan Janovsky. Both ended the day unbeaten, both beat Algerian seeded opposition. Mahdi Al-Huleal accounted for Azzedine Lazazi, the no.6 seed (11-6, 14-16, 13-11, 11-6); Dan Janovsky overcame Meziane Belabbas, the no.10 seed (11-6, 11-7, 11-8).
Few difficulties for the junior boys’ team gold medallists, for Slovakia’s Ema Labosova and Montenegro’s Ivona Petric life was very different. Ema Labosova, the no.2 seed, was beaten by Claire Picard of France (4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 12-10); Ivona Petric, the no.4 seed, lost to Morocco’s Ines Outolla (11-5, 8-11, 6-11, 13-11, 11-9). Success for Ines Outolla but in her next match it was defeat; she was beaten by Slovakia’s Eliska Stullerova (14-12, 12-10, 11-7) who ended the day the only unbeaten player in the group.
Problems for Ema Labosova and Ivona Petric, for the other leading names in the junior girls’ singles event it was a day without defeat. Egypt’s Hend Fathy completed her group phase matches unbeaten, one match still to play, India’s Manushree Patil, the no.3 seed, enjoyed trouble free day.
Meanwhile, in the cadet boys’ singles event, Nigeria’s Taiwo Mati, the top seed, concluded his group stage matches unbeaten; with one match still to play, the next in line are all very much on course for top place. Slovakia’s Jakub Goldir, Saudi Arabia’s Khalid Alshareif and the Czech Republic’s Matyas Lebeda ended the day unbeaten.
Matches still to be concluded; in the cadet girls’ singles competition, the group stage was completed. First places were secured by Algeria’s Melissa Belache, Morocco’s Innes Outolla and Slovakia’s Laura Vinczeova.
Similarly, the first stage of the mini-cadet boys’ singles event was concluded. Slovakia’s Kristian Uherik and Hungary’s Balazs Lei secured first positions in their respective groups, as did Sweden’s Isak Edwardsson and Kevin Brunzell.
Play in Agadir concludes on Sunday 16th June.