Winner of the Girls’ Singles title at the Bahrain Junior Open in February, when she beat Singapore’s Isabelle Siyun Li at the final hurdle; 17 year old Camelia Postoaca maintained the form shown just over one month ago to once again beat the Singaporean defender and in so doing guided Romania to gold in the Girls’ Team event at the Italian Junior Open in Lignano on Sunday 26th March 2010.
The reliable right hander remained unbeaten throughout the whole proceedings to steer Romania to the top prize in a hard fought event; in the knock-out rounds, all three matches in which Romania competed, went the full five match distance.
It was a difficult journey with Camelia Postoaca manoeuvring the Romania ship through choppy waters.
Final versus Singapore At the final hurdle against Singapore, she overcame both Isabelle Siyun Li and Sylvia Look, with Andrade Vinze adding the one further win by beating Chau Hai Qing in the third match of the contest.
The Singaporean wins came against Cristina Hirici; Sylvia Look overcame the Romanian before she conceded the contest against Isabelle Siyun Li.
Backbone of Success Similarly at both the quarter-final and semi-final stages; Camelia Postoaca had been the backbone of success.
Against Germany in the round of the last eight teams, she beat Anna Krieghoff and Anja Schuh with Cristina Hirici also overcoming Anja Schuh; the German wins came from Anna Krieghoff against Cristina Hirici and from Nadine Sillus in opposition to Andrada Vincze.
Closest of All Victory for Romania but it was the closest of all three contests; the score in the fixture level at two games all, Camelia Postoaca had to recover from a two games to nil deficit against Anja Schuh to gain victory.
A close quarter-final duel and the semi-final confrontation with Serbia was equally hard fought.
Outstanding Performance Once again, Camelia Postoaca was outstanding.
She beat Andrea Todorovic and Aliz Durcik with the one further Romanian victory coming from Cristina Hirici against Aliz Dircik; the Serbian wins came from Andrea Todorovic in opposition to Cristina Hirici and from Anelia Lupulesku against Andrade Vincze.
Not Straightforward Certainly Romania won the Girls’ Team event the hard way and equally the path for Singapore was by no means straightforward. They recorded three-one victories at both quarter-final and semi-final stages.
In their opening second stage contest they beat Slovakia with Barbora Balazova recording the one win for the defeated. She beat Isabelle Siyun Li.
A success for Slovakia but wins for Chau Hai Qing and Isabelle Siyun Li over Martina Adamekova and from Sylvia Look in opposition to Natalia Kaluzova, secured a Singaporean victory.
Normal Service Resumed A defeat for Isabelle Siyun Li at the hands of the powerful left hander, Barbora Balazova, not a regular occurrence on the ITTF Junior Circuit in 2010; however, against Hungary normal service was resumed.
Isabelle Siyun Li overcame both Marietta Angyal and Krisztina Ambrus; whilst Sylvia Look defeated Mecedes Nagyvaradi. The one Hungarian success came from Krisztina Ambrus in opposition to Chau Hai Ching.
Romanians Dominant Victory for Romania in the Girls’ Team event and it was also gold in the Cadet Girls’ Team competition where Bernadettes Szocs and Irinia Ciobanu excelled; they recorded three-nil victories in all encounters on the second day of competition.
At the quarter-final stage they defeated the Slovakian duo of Lucia Truksova and Dominka Vizinova before overcoming the Slovenian pairing of Zala Veronik and Nina Zupancic to book a place in the final where the faced the outfit of Ariel Hsing and Natalie Sun.
Showed Class Certainly the Americans presented formidable opposition but the Romanians showed their class.
Irina Ciobanu defeated Ariel Hsing, Bernadette Szocs accounted for Natalie Sunb and a doubles success brought matters to a close.