2017 ITTF World Junior Championships commences in Riva del GardaPhoto: Rémy Gros ITTF
Championships will be held from November 26th to December 3rd
The 2017 ITTF World Junior Championships commences on Sunday, November 26th, in Riva del Garda, Italy, with Team events. Last year`s Championships, held in Cape Town, South Africa, brought some unexpected results. China finished with just one gold medal, while Japan dominated winning three titles, followed by Korea Republic with two. Romania won the girls' doubles title for the first time in its history.
Junior Boy`s Team event starts on Sunday, November 26th, by Stage 1 matches. Twelve clubs in total will compete in both, Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 1 winners (12 teams divided in four groups) will join eight top seeds already promoted in the Stage 2. Opening round starts at 10:00.
Group A: USA, Chile, Tunisia
Group B: Sweden, Egypt, Australia
Group C: Italy, Brazil, Algeria
Group D: India, Argentina, New Zealand
The same format will be applied in the Junior Girl`s Team event. Groups are following:
Group A: Serbia, Puerto Rico, Tunisia
Group B: Germany, Egypt, New Zealand
Group C: Czech Republic, Italy, Australia
Group D: Brazil, Canada, Algeria
Stage 2 is scheduled for Monday, November 27th, composed by 12 teams as well. Eight top seeds plus four Stage 1 winners will fight for the best two spots in each group. Group winners and runner-ups will reach next stage (1-8). Junior Boy`s Team groups are following:
Group E: Japan, Germany, Group C winner
Group F: China, France, Group D winner
Group G: Korea Republic, Romania, Group B winner
Group H: Chinese Taipei, Russia, Group A winner
The same format for Stage 2 will be applied in the Junior Girl`s Team event. Groups are following:
Group E: Japan, Hong Kong, Group A winner
Group F: China, USA, Group D winner
Group G: Korea Republic, Russia, Group B winner
Group H: Romania, Chinese Taipei, Group C winner
Top 10 Junior Boy`s Team seeds are following: 1 Japan, 2 China, 3 Korea, 4 Chinese Taipei, 5 Russia (Artur ABUSEV, Denis IVONIN, Lev KATSMAN, Vladimir SIDORENKO), 6 Romania (Dragos Florin OPREA, Cristian PLETEA, Rares SIPOS, Florin SPELBUS), 7 France (Irvin BERTRAND, Leo DE NORDEST, Bastien REMBERT, Jules ROLLAND), 8 Germany (Gerrit ENGEMANN, Tobias HIPPLER, Cedric MEISSNER, Kay STUMPER), 9 USA, 10 Sweden (Martis FRIIS, Truls MOREGARD, Simon SODERLUND, Jonathan THIMON).
Top 10 Junior Girl`s Team seeds are following: 1 Japan, 2 China, 3 Korea RFepublic, 4 Romania (Adina DIACONU, Andreea DRAGOMAN, Elena ZAHARIA, Tania PLAIAN), 5 Russia (Kristina KAZANTSEVA, Anastasia KOLISH, Daria SHADRINA, Mariia TAILAKOVA), 6 Chinese Taipei, 7 Hong Kong, 8 USA, 9 Serbia (Tijana JOKIC, Izabela LUPULESKU, Sabina SURJAN, Dragana VIGNJEVIC), 10 Germany (Sophia KLEE, Anastasia BONDAREVA, Franziska SCHREINER Jennie WOLF).