2019 ITTF World Junior Circuit - Slovakia
Sunday 3rd November
Titles in Slovakia for Seu Goto and Navid Shams
A new name, Japan’s Seu Goto announced his arrival on the international scene and in some style; on Thursday 31st October he won both the junior boys’ singles and junior boys’ doubles titles at the 2019 Slovakia Junior and Cadet Open in Nitra.
Safely through the initial group stage, in the junior boys’ singles event, after having overcome Poland’s Lucasz Sokolowski, the no.8 seed (15-13, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7), at the quarter-final stage he caused an even bigger upset. He ousted the host nation’s Adam Klajber, the no.2 seed (11-8, 12-10, 6-11, 11-8, 10-12, 14-16, 11-5) to reserve his place in the semi-finals where the good form continued.
Impressively, he ended the hopes of France. He beat Alexis Kouraichi, likewise not seeded (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-2), prior to securing the title at the final expense of Thibault Bailliet, the no.12 seed (11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6).
“It was my first tournament in Europe. I did not know what to expect, I played the matches as they came. The most difficult was the quarter-final match against Klajber. It was tough match, I was lucky. It is a great success for me. I will remember this tournament in Nitra in a good way. I hope I will come back to Slovakia again” Seu Goto
The success came after earlier in the day he had partnered Kai Zarehbin of the United States to junior boys’ doubles gold. In the later rounds, after beating Alex Kouraichi and colleague, Hugo Deschamps (4-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5), the duo accounted for Poland’s Szymon Kolasa and Michal Malachowski (7-11, 11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 12-10), before sealing the title at the expense of the Czech Republic’s Ondrej Kveton and Adam Stalzer (7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7).
Success for Seu Goto, three days later it was success for Iran’s Navid Shams. He secured the cadet boys’ singles title at the hands of Frenchman Célian Besnier (12-14, 11-7, 11-8, 12-10), after in his opening round contest having experienced somewhat of a fright; he was extended the full five games distance by Gabrielius Camara of the Netherlands (10-12, 11-3, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7).
A hard earned success, Navid Shams beat Poland’s Dawid Michna (11-8, 10-12, 11-8, 11-3), followed by success in opposition to Flavio Mourier (11-3, 11-6, 11-3), like Célian Besnier from France, to reserve his place in the final.
Success and thus three titles secured in the week. He was in duty in Nitra hot foot from the ITTF World Cadet Challenge in Wladysawowo, Poland. Navid Shams had not enjoyed the best of fortunes in the boys’ singles event but alongside Japan’s Sora Matsushima, Korea Republic’s Jang Seongil and India’s Payas Jain had been a member of the successful Asian outfit that won the boys’ team title. On Thursday 31st October, the concluding day of play, he had partnered Sora Matsushima to boys’ doubles gold.
Play concluded in Nitra attention on the ITTF World Junior Circuit now turns to Szombathely; the Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open commences on Wednesday 6th November.