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Navid Shams excels, silver in Lisbon

Thursday 23 September

Winner of the cadet boys’ singles title on the 2019 ITTF World Junior Circuit in Bratislava, Iran’s Navid Shams shone on the concluding day of play, Wednesday 22nd September, at the WTT Youth Star Contender Lisbon tournament.

A silver medal in the under 19 boys’ singles event was the reward for his splendid efforts.

Impressively he overcame strong European opposition in the guise of Belgium’s Nicolas Degros (11-7, 11-9, 11-7) and Norway’s Borgar Haug (11-8, 10-12, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6), prior to ousting Croatia’s Ivor Ban (11-9, 11-7, 11-9) to reach journey’s end.

In the final he lost to Frenchman Felix Lebrun, the winner earlier in the year of the cadet boys’ singles event at the Gazprom 2021 European Youth Championships (11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10).

Defeat but against a player who could be described as more Asian than European; he plays in the style of Wang Hao. He uses the penhold grip but when her serves, he uses the shake hands grip!

Furthermore, he comes from a family steeped in table tennis, his father Stéphane was no mean player, his uncle world class; he is the nephew of Christophe Legout.

Success for Navid Shams but it was disappointment for India’s Preyesh Suresh Raj.

Runners up spot for Navid Shams

In the opening round of the under 15 boys’ singles event, it was defeat at the hands of Germany’s Lleyton Ullmann, he was beaten in five games (11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 11-4).

Alas, the progress of Lleyton Ullman was short lived. He experienced defeat in the next round, beaten by Hungary’s David Santosi (11-2, 10-12, 11-5, 11-7), who eventually reached the final losing to the Czech Republic’s Stepan Brehel (11-9, 9-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5).

Likewise, in the under 19 boys’ doubles, it was disappointment; Preyesh Suresh Raj in partnership with Payas Jain experienced a penultimate round defeat when opposing the combination of Belgium’s Nicolas Degros and Norway’s Borgar Haug (11-7, 11-8, 11-6).

A place in the final but no gold, Nicolas Degros and Norway’s Borgar Haug lost to Felix Lebrun and French colleague, Alex Kouraichi (13-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4).

Editor: Ian Marshall

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