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17 Jul 2019

Following in illustrious footsteps, the standard being set in 1957 in Donaueschingen by Hans Alser, on Tuesday 16th July in Ostrava, Truls Moregard maintained Swedish pride; the 17 year old won the junior boys’ singles title 2019 European Youth Championships.

Conversely, since the tournament was first staged in Stuttgart in 1955, Anna Wegrzyn became the first Polish player to secure the junior girls’ singles title.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

After success the previous day against Frenchman, Vincent Picard (11-7, 11-7, 17-19, 11-9, 11-5), Truls Moregard secured the title at the expense of Azerbaijan’s Yu Khinhang (11-8, 12-10, 11-3, 12-14, 11-9), the player who at the semi-final stage had ousted Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko by the very narrowest of seven games margins (12-14, 11-13, 11-1, 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9).

Success for Truls Moregard came after there had been disappointment; partnering Vladimir Sidorenko, in the junior boys’ doubles final, the duo had experienced defeat at the hands of the latter’s colleagues, Lev Katsman and Maksim Grebnev (11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 13-11), silver medallists at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Bendigo.

Gold for Lev Katsman (left) and (right) Maksim Grebnev (Photo: Rémy Gros)


Hard earned success for Truls Moregard, it was the same for Anna Wegrzyn; she secured the junior girls’ singles title at the final expense of Italy’s Jamila Laurenti (11-4, 4-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-3, 11-4).

Earlier in the penultimate round, Anna Wegrzyn had overcome Russia’s Mariia Tailavova (11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9); Jamila Laurenti had ended the hopes of Darya Kisel of Belarus (11-3, 11-5, 11-9, 14-12).

Anna Wegrzyn, the moment of victory (Photo: Rémy Gros)


A tournament to remember for Anna Wegrzyn, it was the same for twin sister Katarzyna; one day earlier she had partnered compatriot, Samuel Kulczycki to junior mixed doubles gold. At the final hurdle they accounted for Lev Katsman and Russian colleague Elizabet Abraamian (6-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5).

Defeat for Russia but in the junior mixed doubles event it was gold; at the final hurdle, Kristina Kazantseva and Mariia Tailakova overcame Turkey’s Ece Harac and Ozge Yilmaz (11-7, 12-10, 11-7).

Winners of the junior mixed doubles event, Katarzyna Wegrzyn (left) and (right) Samuel Kulczycki (Photo: Rémy Gros)


Titles for Poland, Russia and Sweden; in the cadet events centre stage belonged to Romania.

In the cadet boys’ singles event it was gold and silver. Darius Movileanu beat Iulian Chirita (13-11, 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 9-11, 11-6) in the final, the success coming after Iulian Chirita had partnered colleague Eduard Ionescu to cadet boys’ doubles gold; the pair accounting for Frenchmen Hugo Deschamps and Alexis Kuraichi (6-11, 11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9) in the title decider.

Denis Movileanu, the cadet boys’ singles champion (Photo: Rémy Gros)


In addition, Elena Zaharia secured the cadet girls’ singles title. At the final hurdle she overcame Russia’s Vlada Voronina (11-7, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8), after having joined forces with Prithika Pavade of France to claim cadet girls’ doubles gold. In a tense gold medal contest they recovered from a two games to nil deficit to beat Russia’s Svetlana Dimitrienko and Anastasia Beresneva (9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-6).

Four titles with Romanian names; the one to escape their clutches was the cadet mixed doubles. Prithika Pavade joined forces with compatriot Thibault Poret to reserve the top prize (4-11, 11-5, 11-1, 11-8).

Prithika Pavade (left) and (right) Elena Zaharia, the cadet girls’ doubles winners (Photo: Rémy Gros)


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