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Teams Review- 2017 ITTF World Junior Championships

2017 ITTF World Junior Championships

Monday 27th November


Review Boys’ Team: Tense battles, United States upsets seeding

Places in the quarter-finals at stake, tense contests concluded proceedings in the Boys’ Team event at the 2017 ITTF World Junior Championships in Riva del Garda, Italy on the evening of Monday 27th November.

Represented by Tobias Hippler, Gerritt Engemann and Cedric Meissner, Germany, the no.8 seeds, recorded a three-nil win against the host nation trio formed by Antonio Amato, Matteo Mutti and Daniele Pinto, the no.11 seeds, to secure second place in their group and thus progressed to the last eight; for Italy, as with other teams who finished the group stage in third place, they now compete for places nine twelve.

First place was secured by Japan, the top seeds, who selected from Yuto Kizukuri, Yukiya Uda, Yuta Tanaka and Masaki Takami; against Italy a three-nil had been posted, in opposition to Germany, the young players from the Land of the Rising Sun had emerged successful by three matches to one.

However, for the remaining teams, full distance five match duels were the order of proceedings with the United States being the outfit to cause the upset. The no.9 seeds, they beat Russia, the no.5 seeds; Kanak Jha was the backbone of the victory and Sharon Alguetti, the hero.

Kanak Jha beat both Artur Abusev (11-7, 4-11, 11-8, 11-3) and Vladimir Sidorenko (11-7, 12-10, 12-10) before Sharon Alguetti recovered from a two games to nil deficit to beat Artur Abusev in the vital fifth match of the fixture (15-17, 7-11, 11-7, 12-10, 13-11).

Chinese Taipei represented by Lin Yun-Ju, Feng Yi-Han and Tai Ming-Wei duly finished in first place. Earlier in the day they had recorded three-one wins against both Russia and the United States.

Similarly for the French combination of Jules Rolland, Irvin Bertrand and Bastien Rembert, the no.7 seeds, a quarter-final place was reserved following a three-two win over India’s Manush Utpalbhai Shah, Manuv Vikash Thakkar and Snehit Suravajjula, the no.12 seeds. Thorn in the side of the French was Manav Vikash Thakkar, he beat both Irvin Bertrand (8-11, 13-11, 12-10, 11-8) and Jules Roland (12-10, 5-11, 12-10, 11-3).

Top place in the group was secured by China, the no.2 seeds, who throughout the day settled for the same trio comprising Xue Feo, Wang Chuqin and Xu Haidong. Against both India and France three-nil wins had been posted.

Battles for second place, in the contest between Romania, the no.6 seeds and Sweden, the no.10 seeds, it was the fight for top place in the group. Supported by Rares Sipos and Dragos Florin Oprea, Cristian Pletea remained unbeaten to guide his team to a three-two success against the combination of Martin Friis, Truls Moregard and Simon Soderlund. In tension packed contests he overcame Martin Friis (11-5, 11-8, 11-9) and Truls Moregard (11-8, 7-11, 11-4, 7-11, 12-10).

Second position finished in the hands of Korea’s Baek Hongyun, An Jaehyun and Kwak Yu Bin; the no.3 seeds, in their opening fixture they had beaten Sweden by three matches to one but had then suffered a surprise three-two defeat when opposing Romania.

At the quarter-final stage Japan plays France, Korea confronts Chinese Taipei; in the opposite half of the draw Romania meets the United States, Germany opposes China.

The quarter and semi-final matches will be played on Tuesday 29th November.


2017 ITTF World Junior Championships

Monday 27th November


Review Girls’ Team: Germany and Serbia surprise quarter-finalists

Responding to the challenge, rising to the occasion, Germany and Serbia emerged the nations to cause the upsets as play concluded in the second stage of the Girls’ Team event at the 2017 ITTF World Junior Championships in Riva del Garda on the evening of Monday 27th November.

Serbia, the no.9 seeds, accounted for Hong Kong, the no.7 seeds, by three matches to one, whilst in a thrilling tension packed duel, Germany, the no.10 seeds, recorded a three-two success against Russia, the no.5 seeds.

Earlier in the day Japan, the top seeds, who selected from Miyu Nagasaki, Mitsuho Kimura, Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Kato had recorded a three-nil success against Serbia, a three-one victory over Hong Kong.

Somewhat similarly, both Germany and Russia had experienced three-nil defeats when facing the Korea’s Kim Youjin, Kim Jiho and Shin Yubin, the no.3 seeds.

Japan, Serbia, Korea and Germany now advance to the quarter-finals; Hong Kong and Russia compete for places nine to twelve.

Upsets as the second stage concluded, the two remaining contests in the quest for main draw places yielded results as status anticipated.

The United States, the no.8 seeds, with Crystal Wang, Any Wang and Rachel Sung on duty beat Brazil’s Bruna Takahashi, Livia Lima and Alexia Nakashima, the no.12 seeds, by three matches to nil; Chinese Taipei with Lee Yu-Peng, Su Pei-Ling and Tsai Yu-Chin on duty recorded the same margin of victory when facing the Czech Republic’s Zdena Blaskova, Stanislava Slezakova and Katerina Cechova. Chinese Taipei commenced proceedings as the no.6 seeds, the Czech Republic the no.11 seeds.

Both the United States and Brazil had experienced three-nil defeats at the hands of China who selected from Qian Tianyi, Shi Xunyao, Sung Yingsha and Wang Manyu. Meanwhile, Romania’s Adina Diaconu, Andreea Dragoman and Tania Plaian, the no.4 seeds, had proved the nemesis of the Czech Republic and Chinese Taipei earlier in the day. Against the Czech Republic a three-two result had been the outcoming, when the Romanian’s confronted Chinese Taipei it had been a three-one victory margin.

At the semi-final stage Japan plays Chinese Taipei, the United States opposes Korea; in the adjacent half of the draw it is Romania versus Germany, Serbia in opposition to China.

The quarter and semi-final matches are scheduled for Tuesday 29th November.