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Other Events - 10 May 2013

Asia dominate in Platja d’Aro


Japan’s Kenta TAZOE emerged as the surprise winner of the Junior Boys’ Singles event at the Spanish Junior and Cadet Open Platja d’Aro. Occupying the sixth seeded position in the draw, at the latter stages he caused Korea pain by delivering a series of st

Japan’s Kenta TAZOE emerged as the surprise winner of the Junior Boys’ Singles event at the Spanish Junior and Cadet Open Platja d’Aro. Occupying the sixth seeded position in the draw, at the latter stages he caused Korea pain by delivering a series of stunning performances. At the quarter-final stage he recovered from a three games to one deficit to beat JANG Woojin, the top seed, before overcoming PARK Jeongwoo, the no.11 seed in the semi-finals and KIM Minhyeok, the no.2 seed in the final.

Success in the Junior Boys’ Singles event for Kenta TAZOE and also there was success in the Junior Boys’ Doubles competition, where he partnered Kose HIRANO to gold. The pair overcame the Portuguese combination of Diogo CHEN and Jorge COSTA in the final having overcome Korea’s KANG Jihoon and PARK Jeongwoo in the semi-finals.

Diogo CHEN and Jorge COSTA had beaten Korea’s JANG Woojin and KIM Minhyeok, the no.1 seeds, in the third round, before overcoming Hungary’s Nandor ECSEKI and Adam SZUDI, the no.3 seeds in the quarter-finals and the Belgian pairing of Martin ALLEGRO and Florent LAMBIET in the semi-finals.

Japan’s Eka SO collected her second career ITTF Junior Circuit Girls’ Singles title, when she emerged successful in Platja d’Aro. Occupying the no.1 seeded position in the draw and thus the favourite to capture the title; she justified her top billing by overcoming Korea’s KIM Byeolnim, the no.2 seed, at the final hurdle in six games.

Milica NIKOLIC, EWT

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