Tamolwan Khetkuen, the winner once again
Photo By: Petter Koubek
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Gold in the Czech Republic city of Hodonin on Sunday 19th February 2012, Thailand’s 14 year old Tamolwan Khetkuen repeated the success one week later on Sunday 25th February, in the Swedish city of Örebro.
She won the Cadet Girls’ Singles title at the Swedish Junior and Cadet Open, part of the Safir International Tournament, to add to her growing collection of silverware.
Success for a player who is in her final year in the cadet age group and on the concluding day of proceedings there was success for a player with one more year remaining.
Within Two Days
Japan’s Tonin Ryuzaki, who will celebrate his 14th birthday later this year in January, won the Cadet Boys’ Singles event and if he so wishes can return next year to defend his title.
In fact Tonin Ryuzaki is within two days of having two more years in the cadet age group; he was born on Tuesday 29th December 1998.
Caused France Pain
Seeded no.2, he beat Hong Kong’s top seed Hung Ka Tak (11-5, 11-9, 11-3) in the final, having earlier caused France pain as he progressed to the final.
At the quarter-final stage he accounted for Romain Ruiz in a close five games duel (11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6), before in an ever closer semi-final contest, he defeated Can Akkuzu (11-7, 8-11, 15-13, 8-11, 13-11).
Close quarter and semi-final duels but for Hung Ka Tak, slightly more comfortable; in the round of the last eight he accounted for Puerto Rico’s Brian Afanador (10-12, 11-7, 11-9, 11-4), before in the penultimate round defeating the host nation’s Anton Källberg (6-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-8).
Learning All the Time
“I have learned a lot since last year”, said a philosophical Hung Ka Tak. “It is most important is to have the right attitude, the skill and last but not least knowledge.”
No doubt Hung Ka Tak is learning all the time; alas, at the end of the day it was disappointment and he was not able to repeat the success of one week earlier when he had won the Cadet Boys’ Singles title at the Czech Junior and Cadet Open.
Tonin Ryuzaki, winner of the Cadet Boys’ Singles title in Örebro Photo by Petter Koubek
However, the counterpart Cadet Girls’ Singles event, that feat was achieved.
Tamolwan Khetkuen had stated before the event started that her goal was to win a consecutive Cadet Girls’ Singles title and she added she felt confident; she had every right to be confident.
However, she was tested; the important factor is that at the crucial moments she responded.
Seeded no.1, she beat Russia’s second seeded Daria Chernova in the final by the very narrowest of nail-biting margins in the crucial fifth game (8-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9), having earlier negotiated tough quarter and semi-final encounters.
In the round of the last eight she accounted for Russia’s Polina Bikeeva in four games (6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 12-10), before defeating Singapore’s Ang Wan Qi by a similar margin (16-14, 10-12, 11-3, 11-8).
At the same stages Daria Chernova had beaten Audrey Zarif of France, the winner earlier in the year of the Cadet Girls’ Singles title at the Europe Youth Top 10 in Buzau, in four games (9-11, 11-8, 15-13, 13-11); before at the semi-final stage ousting Russian compatriot, Marina Panarina in a contest that equalled the duel that was to follow in the final.
Daria Chernova won in five games (8-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9).
In the Czech Republic it was a bronze medal for Daria Chernova, in Sweden, the prize was silver
Photo by Frantisek Zalewsky