20 Feb 2020

Top seeds, the French pairing of Dorian Zheng and Prithika Pavade both progressed safely to the third round of the respective junior boys’ singles and junior girls’ singles events at the 2020 Swedish Junior and Cadet Open, part of the Safir International Tournament, on Wednesday 19th September

Progress as anticipated but there were notable surprises in the first day of action in Örebro.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Pride of place went to Germany’s Vincent Senbeil, in the second round of the junior boys’ singles event, he ousted the host nation’s Martin Friis, the no.2 seed (6-11, 7-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4, 11-7).

Defeat for one leading name, in the same round three further notable names fell by the wayside. Ukraine’s Andrii Grebeniuk, the no.6 seed followed by Kaii Zarehbin of the United States and Germany’s Felix Wetzel, the next in line in the order of merit all departed.

Andrii Grebeniuk lost to Aziz Zarehbin (11-8, 11-2, 11-7, 11-8), brother Kaii Zarehbin was beaten by Mikhail Tsyhanouski (11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-2, 11-9), Felix Wetzel suffered at the hands of Sweden’s Charlie Widing (12-10, 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9).

Surprise outcomes; for the remaining principal names, in addition to Dorian Zheng, Singapore’s Izaac Quek Yong, the no.3 seed, duly booked his third round place as did the next on the lis, Ireland’s Owen Cathcart and Puerto Rico’s Angel Naranjo.

Major casualties

Likewise in the junior girls’ singles second round there were major casualties. Egypt’s Hana Goda, the no.3 seed, was beaten by Sweden’s Nomin Baasan (11-7, 7-11, 13-11, 10-12, 13-11, 8-11, 11-9), Emine Ernst of the Netherlands, the no.4 seed, experienced defeat at the hands of India’s Suhana Saini (11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10).

Unexpected exits but amongst the other leading names it was progress. Alongside Prithika Pavade, colleague Isa Cok, the no.2 seed booked her third round place as did Hungary’s Helga Dari, Sweden’s Rebecca Muskantor, Russia’s Vlada Voronina and Turkey’s Ece Harac.

Also note the name of the no.13 seed, Japan’s Miwa Harimoto, the winner of both the junior girls’ singles and cadet girls’ singles titles last week in the Czech Republic, she secured her place in round three.

Top seeds on course

Meanwhile, in both the junior boys’ doubles and junior girls’ doubles events, the top seeds remained on course for a clash in the final.

In the former, the top seeds Owen Cathcart partnering Norway’s Borgar Haug reserved a quarter-final place, as did the no.2 seeds, Singapore’s Nicholas Chong and Izaac Quek Yong. Similarly, in the latter, Isa Cok and Prithika Pavade, the top seeds, advanced as did the pairing formed by Turkey’s Ece Harac and Sweden’s Rebecca Muskantor, the no.2 seeds.

Play in all junior individual events concludes on Thursday 20th February.

World Junior Circuit 2020 Sweden Junior & Cadet Open Dorian Zheng

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