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Friday 8th February


Titles for India and Iran in Manama


Iran’s Mohammad Amin Samadi and Navid Shams emerged the winners of the cadet boys’ team title at the 2019 Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open in Manama on Friday 7th February. In the final they overcame the Czech Republic duo of Simon Belik and Borek Otahal; a 3-2 result was the outcome.


The player to cause the top seeds problems was Simon Belik; he accounted for Mohammad Amin Samadi (11-5, 11-5, 11-6) in the opening match of the fixture, before in the fourth encounter overcoming Navid Shams (11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8). Hero of the hour for Iran was Mohammad Amin Samadi; in the decisive fifth match he beat Borek Otahal (11-6, 11-3, 11-8).


Hard fought success for the Iranian duo, en route to the final, in the latter rounds life had been less dramatic. At the quarter-final stage a 3-0 win had been posted against Egypt’s Omar Elbandarawy and Mohamed Elsisy, prior to a 3-1 semi-final success being secured in opposition to Egypt’s Marwan Gamal and Mohamed Sameh, the no.8 seeds. Thorn in the side of the Iranians was Mohamed Sameh, in the second match of the fixture he overcame Navid Shams (11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5).


Success for Iran, in the cadet girls’ team competition it was success for India. Anargya Manjunath and Suhana Saini secured the top prize without surrendering a single individual match enroute to gold. In the penultimate round they ousted colleagues Radhika Vinay Sakpal and Hardee Chetan Patel, before securing the title at the expense of Yashaswini Deepak Ghorpade and Kavya Sree Baskar, also from India.


In the final, Anargya Manjunath gave her team the ideal start by beating Yashaswini Deepak Ghorpade (11-8, 11-9, 11-3), Sunana Saini followed suit by overcoming Kavya Sree Baskar(11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7), before a doubles success (11-8, 4-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7) brought matters to a conclusion.


Frenchman, Lilian Bardet and Vincent Picard the top seeds, won the junior boys’ team title accounting for colleagues MyshaalSabhi and Dorian Zheng in the final; Russia’s Kristina Kazantseva and Olga Vishniakova secured the junior girls’ team title. In a group organized event, they finished ahead of India’s Swastika Ghosh and Manushree Patel; Egypt’s Sarah Elhakemand Hend Fathy concluded matters in third place.



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