On day one at the ITTF Cadet Challenge in Helsingborg, Sweden, the matches in the round robin were held to find the semi-finalists of the Team event. The strong teams from Europe and Asia prevailed and will compete for the medals tomorrow.
The girls from North America also qualified for the semis beating Africa in the crucial match in the night session
North American Girls Takes Revenge on Africa
North America is in the semi-finals of the Girls’ Team event. The four US players coached by Emilia Gheorhe won 3-2 against Sweden and later also Africa. Twelve year old Lily Zhang scored the necessary third point against Africa’s Nadeen El-Dawlatly. “I was really nervous unlike in training sessions”, Zhang said after the match was over. “In such matches I can get experiences.”
One year ago in Cape Town, South Africa, the North American team was eliminated by the Africans. “I improved my game, I have much more consistence today”, the youngest player of the Cadet Challenge said.
Schedule for Wednesday, 29th October
Latin America vs. Africa and North America vs. Oceania
Semi-finals of the Girls’ Team event:
Asia vs. Japan and Europe vs. North America
Places 5-8 of the Girls’ Team event:
Africa vs. Oceania
Latin America vs. Sweden
12:00: Matches for the 3rd places of the Boys’ and Girls’ Team event
Matches for the 5th and 7th positions of the Boys’ and Girls’ Team event
18:00: Finals of the Boys’ and Girls’ Team event
photos Janos Schmidt