Darko JORGIC clinched third title at the ITTF Junior CircuitPhoto: Courtesy ITTF
Adina DIACONU – a nightmare for Chinese Taipei players
Slovenia’s Darko JORGIC clinched the title at the 2015 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open in Szombathely. European champion from Bratislava earlier this year, top seeded Adina DIACONU of Romania won the Junior Girls’ Singles event title.
JORGIC collected his third ITTF Junior Circuit Boys’ Singles title of the year after he already succeeded in Serbia and Egypt. Occupying the no.2 seeded position in the competition, in the latter rounds he accounted for German qualifier, Tobias HIPPLER at the quarter-final stage (11-9, 11-4, 10-12, 11-5, 11-6) before overcoming Japan’s Takuto IZUMO, the no.6 seed, in a hard fought seven games duel (4-11, 13-11, 4-11, 11-8, 12-10, 6-11, 11-6) to reserve his place in the final. At the final hurdle he beat Austria’s Andreas LEVENKO, the no.8 seed (6-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 2-11, 11-3, 11-6). LEVENKO overcame Japan’s Yukiya UDA, the no.7 seed (9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9) to reserve his place in the final.
JORGIC also reached the medal rostrum in the Junior Boys’ Doubles event. Partnering Tomas POLANSKY of Czech Republic, the top seeds, they beat Italy’s Antonino AMATO and Daniele PINTO in the quarter-finals (11-8, 9-11, 11-2, 8-11, 11-9), the combination of Aliaksandr KHANIN of Belarus and Russia’s Nikita YARSHIN in the penultimate round (6-11, 11-3, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9), prior to suffering defeat in the final against Chinese Taipei’s LI Hsin-Ying and YU Xheng-Feng (11-8, 5-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-6).
Romania’s Adina DIACONU beat four players from Chinese Taipei on her way to the top place at the medal rostrum. Five matches played, only one was not against and adversary from Chinese Taipei; that was in the third round when accounting for Russian qualifier Anna IVANNIKOVA (11-4, 11-1, 7-11, 11-8, 12-14, 11-6). Not required to compete in the opening round, she beat LEE Yu-Peng, likewise a qualifier, in the second round (11-9, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9). She accounted for TSAI Yu-Chin, the no.12 seed, in the quarter-finals (11-8, 8-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-9), LIN Po-Hsuan, the no.4 seed, in the penultimate round (11-9, 4-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7) and LI Yu-Jhun, the no.15 seed, in the final (10-12, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6, 11-13, 8-11, 11-9).
At the semi-final stage of the Junior Girls’ Doubles event, Adina DIACONU and Andreea DRAGOMAN, the top seeds, had experienced an agonising penultimate round defeat at the hands of LI Yu-Jhun and LIN Po-Hsuan, the no.3 seeds (8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 17-15) and champions elect. The pair progressed to secure the title at the final expense of colleagues, SU Pei-Ling and WEN Ruei-Ling, the no.14 seeds (11-6, 12-10, 12-10)