2019 POLISH JUNIOR & CADET OPEN
Sunday 26th May
Four titles for Sakura Yokoi in Poland
Two titles on the concluding day of action, Sunday 26th May, Japan’s Sakura Yokoi emerged the most successful player on duty at the 2019 Polish Junior and Cadet Open in Wladyslawowo.
She struck gold in both the cadet girls’ singles and cadet girls’ doubles events having earlier in the week enjoyed junior girls’ singles and junior girls’ team success.
Photo Credit: ITTF/Bogdan Paskek
In the later rounds of the cadet singles event, the 15 year old accounted for Germany’s Naomi Prankjovic (11-2, 10-12, 11-5, 11-5) and colleague Ami Shirayama (11-7, 11-7, 11-6), prior to securing the title at the final expense of Romania’s Elena Zaharia (7-11, 11-5, 13-11, 10-12, 11-7).
Success in opposition to Ami Shirayama; it was success in harness with her one year younger colleague. Junior girls’ doubles quarter-finalists earlier in the week, they climbed three steps higher in the cadet girls’ doubles competition; as in the cadet girls’ singles final Elena Zaharia having to settle for the silver medal. In the final Ami Shirayama and Sakura Yokoi emerged successful in four games (11-9, 12-10, 5-11, 11-7).
Sliver for Romania, in the cadet boys’ singles and cadet boys’ doubles events it was gold.
Darius Movileanu emerged the cadet boys’ singles champion accounting for Germany’s Tom Schweiger at the quarter-final stage (11-6, 11-5, 12-10), prior to overcoming Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chuang Chia-Chuan (11-6, 11-6, 11-7) and Vincent Senkbeil, like Tom Schweiger from Germany, to secure the top prize (11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 11-7).
Gold for Darius Movileanu, in the cadet boys; doubles event it was gold for colleagues Andrei Teodor Istrate and Horia Stefan Ursut. At the final hurdle the duo accounted for the host nation’s David Kosmal and Milosz Redzimski (11-9, 11-9, 12-10) to secure the title.
Play concluded at the 2019 Polish Junior and Cadet Open; for the ITTF World Junior Circuit, the next stop is Taicang, the China Junior and Cadet Open begins on Wednesday 12th June.
By Ian Marshall, Editor
Photo Credit: ITTF