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Close Contests but Top Seed Secure Titles
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor


Yanapong Panagitgun beat Cai Ruei-Fong to secure victory for Thailand  Photo By: Nakares Teeralhamsri

07/28/2016        2016 Jordan Junior & Cadet Open - ITTF Junior Circuit (Click here to access this section)

Hard fought full distance contests were the order of the day to decide the winners of the Junior Boys’ Team and Cadet Boys’ Team events at the 2016 Jordan Junior and Cadet Open in Amman on the fourth day of play, Thursday 28th July.

Tense times but eventually status prevailed. The top seeds emerged successful.

Thailand Succeeds
Thailand represented by Yanapong Panagitgun and Pattaratorn Passara and won the Junior Boys’ Team title; Egypt with Marwan Abdelwahab and Ahmed Elborhamy in action, secured the top prize in the Cadet Boys’ Team competition.

It was team effort that brought Thailand success; Lai Chi-Chen, the runner up earlier in the year in the Junior Boys’ Singles event at the French Junior and Cadet Open emerged the thorn in the side of the champions elect.

He beat Yanapong Panagitgun in the opening match of the contest (3-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9), before accounting for Pattaratorn Passara in a not too dissimilar manner in the fourth match of the engagement (11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 3-11, 11-8).

Vital Doubles
However, those were to prove the only successes for Chinese Taipei.

Cai Ruei-Fong was beaten by both Pattaratorn Passara in the second match of the fixture (13-11, 11-9, 11-8) before losing to Yanapong Panagitgun in the vital deciding match in a full distance five games contest (13-11, 10-12, 11-8, 13-15, 11-7).

The one remaining success for Thailand was recorded in the doubles, a contest that proved pivotal. Yanapong Panagitgun and Pattaratorn Passara emerged successful by the very narrowest of margins in the deciding fifth game, recovering from a two games to nil deficit to secure success (9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 12-10, 11-9).

Similar Outcome
Success for the top seeds against the second seeds; in the final of the Cadet Boys’ Team competition it was success for the top seeds in opposition to their colleagues and fifth seeds, the Egypt ‘C’ partnership of Adham Abdelaal and Mazen Farouk.

Backbone of the Egypt ‘A’ Team success was Marwan Abdelwahab; hero of the hour was Ahmed Elborhamy.

Mainstay and Hero
Marwen Abdelwahab beat Mazen Farouk (8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9) and Adham Abdelaal (11-6, 6-11, 13-11, 14-12); with the score in the fixture level at two matches apiece, Ahmed Elborhamy accounted for Mazen Farouk to secure the victory (11-5, 11-2, 11-8).

The wins for Egypt ‘C’ were secured by Adham Abdelaal in the opening match of the fixture when he beat Ahmed Elborhamy (11-6, 11-8, 11-6) and in the doubles when Adham Abdelaal and Mazen (7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 11-5).

Play Concludes
Play concludes on Friday 29th July with finals of the Cadet Boys’ Singles, Cadet Girls’ Singles, Cadet Boys’ Doubles and Cadet Girls’ Doubles events.


 

   

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