by Ian Marshall, Editor
In the junior boys’ singles event, the winner just six days earlier at the 2019 ITTF Cadet Challenge in Wladyslawowo, Romania’s Darius Movileanu remained unbeaten to top his group; notably accounting for Poland’s Lukas Sokolowski (12-10, 6-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9), before in the opening round ending the aspirations of Norway’s Sigud Sorheim (10-12, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9).
Likewise, on the same day, Thursday 31st October, as Darius Movileanu succeeded in Poland, Seu Goto won the junior boys’ singles title in Nitra at the Slovak Junior and Cadet Open; in Szombathely he emulated Darius Movileanu. He remained unbeaten, accounting for Switzerland’s Mauro Scharrer (11-7, 11-8, 11-9), the highest rated player in the group; a win that meant a direct entry to the second round.
Meanwhile, Dorottya Tolgyes, who on Sunday 27th October had been a member of the European outfit that won the girls’ team event at the World Cadet Challenge, continued her winning ways. In the junior girls’ singles event, she remained unbeaten in the group stage of play, upsetting the odds by overcoming Julie Pennec of France (7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9).
First places contrary to ranking
Similarly, China’s Sin Xiaomeng, Qin Yuxuan and Li Yake emerged in first positions contrary to ranking, as did Germany’s Leonie Berger, Poland’s Kamila Gryko and Chinese Taipei’s Chu Y-Ching alongside Joanna Sung of the United States. The main draw in the junior girls’ singles event, an event in which the top 16 seeded players received direct entry, has yet to commence.
Surprise first positions and hopes still alive; in the junior boys’ singles competition, contrary to expectations, Chinese Taipei’s Chang Yu-An and Poland’s Patryk Bielecki topped their groups and advanced directly to the second round of the draw.
In a similar manner, not necessarily to be predicted, it was top spots for Korea Republic’s Lim Yunoh and China’s Hu Dongshen; the only difference being to keep their hopes alive, they had to compete in the opening round. Good form maintained, Lim Yunoh beat Russia’s Sergey Ryzhov (9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9); Hu Dongshen overcame Hungary’s Akos Kishegyi (11-5, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5).
The top 32 names in the junior boys’ singles event were not called to action on the opening day of play; all received direct entries to the second round.
Disappointment for hosts
However, in the junior boys’ doubles competition, the leading pairs were in present. Notably, there was one major upset as play advanced to the semi-final stage; moreover, it was disappointment for the host nation.
Csaba Andras in harness with Poland’s Szymon experienced a quarter-final defeat at the hands of China’s Yang Qulong and Zeng Beixun (4-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-9). Yang Qulong and Zeng Beixun now meet Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yan-Cheng and Tai Ming-Wei, the top seeds; in the opposite half of the draw, also from China, Liang Guodong and Quan Kaiyuan, the no.2 seeds, confront Germany’s Kay Stumper and Felix Wetzel, the no.4 seeds.
One casualty of note in the junior boys’ doubles event, in the junior girls’ doubles it was twice the number. Germany’s Anastasia Bondareva and Sophia Klee, the no.2 seeds, experienced a third round defeat at the hands of China’s Leng Yuting and Li Yuqi (11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10); the Chinese pairing duly accounting for Ukraine’s Anastasiya Dymytrenko and Alina Vydrachenko (11-4, 11-7, 11-6) to reserve their place in the penultimate round.
A third round defeat for Anastasia Bondareva and Sophia Klee, it was the same for Russia’s Elizabet Abraamian and Lubov Tentser, the no.3 seeds; they suffered when facing Chinese Taipei’s Chu Yi-Ching and Tsai Yun-En (11-6, 11-5, 11-7). Success for Chu Yi-Ching and Tsai Yun-En but the success was short lived; in the next round, the quarter-finals, they lost to China’s Li Yake and Wang Tianyi (11-4, 11-6, 11-6).
At the semi-final stage Li Yake and Wang Tianyi meet Chinese Taipei’s Chien Teng-Chuan and Yu Hsiu-Ting, the top seeds; Leng Yuting and Li Yuqi oppose the combination of Slovakia’s Adriana Illasova and Italy’s Jamila Laurenti, the no.4 seeds.
Play in the junior boys’ singles, junior girls’ singles, junior boys’ doubles and junior girls’ doubles concludes on Thursday 7th November.