29 Sep 2019

Play concluded in Zrenjanin; at the 2019 Serbia Junior and Cadet Open, as the curtain closed on Saturday 28th September, honours were shared amongst the visiting nations.

Thailand’s Napat Thanmathikom and Kazakhstan’s Sarvinoz Mirkadirova won the respective cadet boys’ singles and cadet girls’ singles titles; in the cadet boys’ doubles event it was the top prize for Romania’s Daniel Moldovan and Paul Szilagyi, in the counterpart cadet girls’ doubles competition, gold finished in the hands of Germany’s Mia Griesel and Jele Stortz.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Following success against Russia’s Evgeny Tikhnov (12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5) and Norway’s Martin Froseth (11-9, 11-7, 13-11), Napat Thanmathikom secured the cadet boys’ singles title at the final expense of Romania’s Andrei Istrate (11-8, 11-8, 11-7). Thus he added to his success of earlier in the week when he had won cadet boys’ team silver in harness with Tanapat Thanmathikom.

In the opposite half of the draw, in the later rounds, Andrei Istrate had beaten England’s Felix Thomas (11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 11-2) and Romania’s Paul Szilagyi (11-5, 11-9, 11-8).

Added to collection

Likewise, Sarvinoz Mirkadirova added to her medal tally. Bronze medallist in the cadet girls’ team event, alongside compatriot Alexandra Smirnova, by the narrowest of margins, she clinched the cadet girls’ singles title at the final expense of Russia’s Svetlana Dmitrienko (8-11, 12-10, 11-8, 3-11, 11-9).

Earlier at the quarter-final stage, Sarvinoz Mirkadirova had beaten Russia’s Sofia Umanets (11-6, 15-13, 11-5), followed by success in opposition to Brazil’s Giulia Takahashi (11-4, 11-9, 12-10). Similarly, Svetlana Dmitrienko had accounted for Hong Kong’s Poon Yat (11-5, 11-1, 11-9), before ending the hopes of Germany’s Jele Stortz (6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10).

Success for Germany and Romania

Disappointment for Jele Stortz but in the cadet girls’ doubles event it was success; partnering Mia Griesel, the title was clinched at the final expense of Russia’s Mariia Bordiugovskaia and Karina Iusupova (14-12, 14-12, 11-5).

Gold for Germany, in the cadet boys’ doubles competition it was both gold and silver for Romania; Daniel Moldovan and Paul Szilagyi overcame Andrei Istrate and Horia Ursut to reserve the top step of the medal podium (11-9, 11-7, 11-8).

Five days completed, new names on the international roll of honour, names to note, one wonders what the future holds.

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