Day FOUR of competition, but also, more importantly ; DAY SEVEN in India for the youngsters in the Cadet Challenge. Consequently it was plenty of flat tires carried around in the courts when the individual events started today. A hot and humid venue, with limited use of the air-conditioned system and groups of six players of course didn’t help the young players to regain the energy either.
However as usually some athletes stepped forward and some went down. All in all this is the beauty of the singles competition . Long gone is the safe and sound comfort of the team event where coaches and team mates takes turn to push. In the singles qualification – you are alone to judge , you are alone to drive.
A short summary of a long days sounds like this ; FIVE FLAT TIRES is maximum score – in can we say mental and physical exhaustion , mildly speaking. You know what i mean.
- Charles DENG , USA – two flat tires ; Started off by losing to the tall Aussie Dillon CATHCART in tight affair and went downhill from there. However he never gave up and played much stronger than many of his two-year older opponents throughout the day.
- Thameur MAMIA, Tunisia – four flat tires ; The tall Tunisian dropped a close encounter to the Utkarsh GUPTA from India in the first round. Game over for him.
- Abhishek YADAV , the talented left-handed Indian – five flat tires ; Good touch is not enough when the legs are left at the hotel. Disappointing start – No energy to finish.
- Gremlis ARVELO , Venezuela – four flat tires ; Talented young girl with perhaps the best hand of them all. On the other hand NO legs and NO energy – lost 4-11,0-11,3-11 versus Laura Pfefer from France ..
- Thomie MOSSEMBA, Congo – five flat tires ; Looked pretty good in the training camp prior to the event. Didnt play one single match in the team event as the nr four in Team Africa. Tough call for her and todays results was not exactly a hurrah either ; Total points won ; 25 in three singles matches..
Other than that the Junior circuit finals got underway today finishing the initial group matches mostly according to the seeding.
Lets stay with The UP;s ;
Felipe Olivares was down 0-2 versus Sathiyan GNANASEKARAN from India in the final group match of the day but managed to take four straight games to advance to the quarterfinals.
Pierre-Luc THERIAULT the Canadian lefthander from Quebec was NO pushover for his opponents today. The hard-working “Leaf” moved well and played up to his capacity the whole day. The four straight games win versus GNANASEKARAN , nr 61 on the U18 World Rank , is probably the best result for Canadian Table Tennis this year..?!
Every time I happen to see Magdalena SZCZERKOWSKA play table tennis the future looks bright for European female TT. She clinched three wins out of three today . However a close look at the u 18 world ranking is showing as low as nr 42 .. ? Confidence ?