Semi-final finishes, Kazakhstan’s Alan Kurmangaliyev and Qatar’s Mohammed Al-Saluate emerged very much the players to carry the flag for Asia on the concluding day of play, Friday 10th September, at the WTT Youth Contender Varazdin tournament in northern Croatia.
A semi-final finish for Alan Kurmangaliyev
In addition, there was a most creditable effort from India’s Payas Jain, a quarter-final finish to proceedings was no mean performance.
Competing in the under 15 boys’ singles, Alan Kurmangaliyev accounted for Austria’s Benjamin Girlinger 11-5, 15-17, 11-3, 11-7), England’s Joseph Hunter (11-3, 11-5, 11-7) and Romania’s Stefan Horia Ursut (9-11, 12-10, 11-4, 12-10) to reach the penultimate round, the stage at which progress ended.
He was beaten by Iulian Chirita, also from Romania (10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-8); Iulian Chirita progressed to win the title, at the final hurdle he overcame colleague, Dragos Alexandru Bujor (11-8, 16-18, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10).
A most worthy performance by Alan Kurmangaliyev; in the under 11 boys’ singles, it was very much the same from Mohammed Al-Saluate.
Safely through the group stage of play earlier in the proceedings, he was beaten by Hungary’s Mark Gergely (11-5, 11-5, 11-8), the eventual winner. In the final Mark Gergely overcame England’s Kacper Awowar (11-8, 11-8, 12-14, 12-10).
Meanwhile, in the under 19 boys’ singles Payas Jain recorded wins against Russia’s Vladislav Makarov (14-12, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8) and Italy’s Tommaso Giovanetti (11-7, 11-7, 11-5), prior to experiencing a close defeat in opposition to Romania’s Darius Movileanu (7-11, 8-11, 11-0, 13-11, 11-9).
Darius Movileanu progressed to secure the title, in the final he prevailed when facing compatriot Eduard Ionescu (11-6, 13-11, 11-6, 12-10).
Play concluded in Varazdin, next on the list for aspiring young players is the WTT Youth Contender Tunis tournament from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th September, followed by the WTT Youth Star Contender Lisbon Open from Saturday 18th to Wednesday 22nd September.
Editor: Ian Marshall