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Egyptians Prove Worthy Opponents, Reem Morad the Player to Shine
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Flying the flag for the continent of Africa at the 2014 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open in Szombathely, the young players from Egypt proved most worthy opponents on the opening day of action, Wednesday 5th November, with one player in particular standing tall.
Reem Morad was the player to catch the eye.
Required to compete in the group stage of proceedings in the Junior Girls’ Singles event; the 17 year old duly qualified for the main draw, received a direct entry to the second draw and then progressed to secure a third round place.
In the group stage of proceedings, she accounted for Germany’s Caroline Hajok (11-2, 11-5, 11-2), before on her second visit to the table, suffering defeat at the hands of Russia’s Anna Plotnikova (11-1, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7). One win and one defeat; in her concluding group stage match she overcame Poland’s Agata Uchnast (11-13, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10).
Two successes, it was the same for Anna Plotnikova; prior to beating Reem Morad, she had overcome Agata Uchnast (11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 13-11) but on her concluding visit had lost to Caroline Hajok (11-5, 13-11, 11-4). Earlier Agata Uchnast had overcome Caroline Hajok (11-4, 11-8, 11-6), thus the end result was that Reem Morad and Anna Plotnikova topped the group with two wins apiece.
In such instances, where two players are level, the result of the match involving the players in question decides the final outcome; therefore, it was first place for Anna Plotnikova with Reem Morad in second spot,
Main Draw Place
Players finishing in first and second places in each group advanced to the main draw.
“Against Plotnikova it was a really hard match; my technique wasn’t bad, she was simply better than me”, reflected Reem Morad. “I couldn’t beat her but I learned a lot; I beat my two other opponents, so that has given me confidence and I’m through to the main draw.”
A place in the main draw booked; Reem Morad took full advantage of the opportunity.
She beat Sweden’s Ellen Holmsten (11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9) to reserve her place in the third round.
Negotiated First Phase
Likewise, for her Egyptian colleagues, Alaa Saad, Fagr Shouman and Aida Rahmo all booked main draw places.
Aida Rahmo secured first place in her group whilst for Fagr Shouman and Alaa Saad it was second spot.
However, none was able to match the performance of Reem Morad. In the second round of the Junior Girls’ Singles event, Aida Rahmo was beaten by Oceane Guisnel of France (9-11, 4-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7); Fagr Shouman suffered defeat against Romania’s Bernadett Balint (9-11, 11-6, 11-2, 10-12, 11-4, 11-8), whilst Alaa Saad lost to Alina Nikitchanka of Belarus (11-4, 11-3, 11-6, 11-7).
Ahmed Mabrouk Excels
Meanwhile, for the boys, the Egyptian player to catch the eye was Ahmed Mabrouk.
He finished in first place in his group ahead of Sweden’s Oscar Perman, Serbia’s Luka Jovcic and Russia’s Aleksandr Kraskovskii.
“I’m satisfied with my result, I didn’t think for far ahead; I was only concentrating in the match that I was playing at the time”, said Ahmed Mabrouk after his first phase contests. “I just wanted to play well and I’m glad that I was successful, I’m looking forward to the main draw with confidence.”
Certainly he had every right to be confident, first place in the group was worthy achievement and meant a direct entry to round two. Alas for the Egyptian it was the end of the road, he was beaten in six games by Irvin Bertrand of France (11-9, 5-11, 11-1, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9).
Second Stage Marks End of Road
A place in the main draw booked but then defeat; it was to be the same for Ahmed Mabrouk’s Egyptian colleagues, Aly Ghallab, Karim Elhakem and Fathy Mahmoud.
Karim Elhakem was beaten in the first round by Spain’s Carlos Vedriel (11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4); whilst one round later Aly Ghallab experienced defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic’s Stanislav Kucera (5-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-6) and Fathy Mahmoud was beaten by Germany’s Denis Klein (11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5).