Bronze medals for Romania and FrancePhoto: Courtesy ITTF
2015 World Junior Championships in the French town of La Roche sur Yon
The Romania’s team celebrated the national Day far from home, but in big style. In the year when Elizabeta SAMARA won the European senior singles title, Adina DIACONU clinched gold in Youth European Championships, Andreea DRAGOMAN won Top 10 for cadets and Elena ZAHARIA succeeded to the top at the Top 16 Minicadets, Romania hits the medal rostrum once again. Romania’s girls won bronze medal at the Girls’ Team event at the 2016 World Junior Championships in La Roche sur Yon, France.
To win the medal Adina DIACONU, Andreea DRAGOMAN and Andreea CLAPA recorded a three-one victory over the Russian outfit comprising Maria MALANINA, Maria TAYLAKOVA and Anastasia KOLISH, a victory that upset the odds. Russia started matters as the no.4 seeds, Romania occupied one place lower; they were the no.5 seeds.
In quarters, Adina DIACONU accounted for Maria MALANINA and Maria TAYLAKOVA to establish herself once again as true leader of the young team. The one further win for the Romanians came from Andreea DRAGOMAN in the second match of the fixture, she beat Maria TAYLAKOVA. Anastasia KOLISH, in the third match of the engagement, defeated Andreea CLAPA.
In the semi final, team suffered by the hands of players from Korea Republic in straight matches.
In the same half of the draw there was also success for Korea; in the quarters the no.2 seeds beat Hong Kong in a much closer duel, the fixture being extended the full five match distance. United States, the no.10 seeds, clinched the medal after they beat Germany in a full distance five match contest. China, the top seeds recorded straight matches win against France, the no.3 seeds. The reason for the earlier than expected class between the two nations was that France had finished in second place in their second stage group behind Romania.
CHEN Xingtong gave China the perfect start by beating Marie MIGOT, before WANG Manyu accounted for Audrey ZARIF and WANG Yidi, on her World Junior Championships debut, defeated Pauline CHASSELIN.
In the Boys’ Team event France also clinched bronze. Top seeds, China halted their progress to the final. Can AKKUZU, Alexandre CASSIN and Joe SEYFRIED all lsot their encounters in four games.
In the quarter-final stage China, the top seeds, recorded a three matches to nil success against Sweden, the no.5 seeds; France, the no.4 seeds, followed suit by succeeding by the same margin against traditional rivals, Germany, the no.7 seeds. Hong Kong, the no.3 seeds, overcame Romania, the no.11 seeds, whilst Korea, the no.2 seeds, doused the aspirations of Slovenia, the no.6 seeds.
This morning, Can AKKUZU set France en route to victory. He beat Dennis KLEIN, before Alexandre CASSIN accounted for Jonah SCHLIE and Joe SEYFRIED defeated Tobias HIPPLER.
Also in quarters, after the battle of epic proportions between Romania and Poland the day earlier, the trio comprising Alexandru MANOLE, Cristian PLETEA and Rares SIPOS were not able to repeat the success against Asian side. A three-nil success for Hong Kong, it was a three-one success for Korea against Slovenia. CHO Seungmin was the back bone of their success. The runner up one year ago with KIM Minhyeok in the Boys’ Doubles event in Shanghai, he beat Deni KOZUL in the opening match of the contest before in the fourth contest bringing matters to a close by overcoming Darko JORGIC. For Slovenia, the one success was recorded by Darko JORGIC; in the second match of the fixture, he beat PARK Jeongwoo.
WANG Chuqin gave China the ideal start by beating Anton KÄLLBERG, very much the player in form having less than one month ago at the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open beaten YAN An, presently listed at no.15 on the Men’s World Rankings. Success for WANG Chuqin was followed with success for LIU Dingshuo against Malte MOREGARD, with XUE Fei concluding proceedings by overcoming Simon SODERLUND.