Tournaments

15 Jun 2019

The group phase of play completed; the focus on Saturday 15th June at the 2019 Morocco Junior and Cadet Open in Agadir was very much centred on the junior boys’ singles event. It was centred particularly on Slovakia’s Jakub Goldir and Egypt’s Zaid Elshawa.

Both emerged surprise quarter-finalists.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

After recording an opening round win against Saudi Arabia’s Salem Alsuwailem (11-3, 7-11, 11-1, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8), 13 year old Jakub Goldir accounted for Algeria’s Abdelbasset Chaichi, the no.4 seed (11-9, 4-11, 11-8, 9-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6) to reserve his place in the round of the last eight.

Similarly, Zaid Elshawa was a player in form; a direct entry to the second round, he progressed to the quarter-finals by overcoming the Czech Republic’s Jan Mokrejs, the no.8 seed (1-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7, 12-10).

Defeats for two notable names, for the top three, it was second round success and progress. Frenchman Vincent Picard, the top seed, beat Algeria’s Azzeddine Laziri, the no.6 seed (11-3, 11-3, 11-6, 11-9) who earlier had finished in second position in his group; likewise, Slovakia’s Filip Delincak, the no.2 seed, overcame Sweden’s Kevin Brunzell (11-2, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7). Similarly and also from Slovakia, Adam Klajber, the no.3 seed, ended the hopes of Egypt’s Ammar Attia (11-8, 11-3, 11-6, 11-9).

Success for the very top names, it was the same in the junior boys’ doubles event. The top seeds Vincent Picard, partnering the Czech Republic’s Matyas Lebeda, booked their place in the quarter-finals courtesy of success against Saudia Arabia’s Mahdi Al-Huleal and Salem Al-Suwailem (11-6, 11-6, 11-4). In a similar manner, Filip Delincak and Adam Klajber, the no.2 seeds, advanced; they accounted for Morocco’s Salim Karam and Kamil Leroy (11-5, 10-12, 11-5, 11-7) to reserve their quarter-final place.

In all other events, the leading names have yet to take to the stage; play in Agadir concludes on Sunday 16th June.

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World Junior Circuit 2019 Morocco Junior & Cadet Open Jakub Goldir Zaid Elshawa.
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