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Accustomed to Rigours of International Play, Seeds Progress with Comfort
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Rita Kertai tested but successful  Photo By: Pablo Rubio

07/05/2013        GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour, US Open, Americas Challenge Series (Click here to access this section)

The opening round of the Men’s Singles event at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour United States Open in Las Vegas had seen international experience count; as matters progressed in the first round of the Women’s Singles in the early evening of Thursday 4th July it was the same scenario.

Players who were accustomed the hotbed of hard fought endeavours throughout the world imposed their authority on proceedings.

The only player with experience to be tested was Hungary’s Rita Kertai.

Stretched to Limit
Now 34 years old, she was stretched to the very limit by Japan’s Misaki Nakajima; victory by the minimal two point margin being the eventual verdict.

Rita Kertai won in seven games (11-9, 12-10, 12-10, 9-11, 11-4, 4-11, 12-10).

Unquestionably, the experience of now 16 years of competing on the ITTF World Tour was vital; Rita Kertai made her debut on what was then the ITTF Pro Tour in 1997 when she competed in Linz at the Austrian Open.

Accustomed to Situation
Experience told for Rita Kertai, with somewhat less experience but equally accustomed to the rigours of international play, there was success for colleague Georgina Pota, as there was for Germany’s Petra Solja, the host nation’s Ariel Hsing and Serbia’s Ana-Marija Erdelji.

All are players who have secured noteworthy titles during the young careers.

Georgina Pota Unremitting
Georgina Pota, the winner of the Junior Girls’ Singles event at the European Youth Championships in Moscow in 2000 and the second seed in the Women’s Singles event in Las Vegas, was in no mood for charity.

She beat Liu Yitong of the United States in four straight games (11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8).

Similar Scenario
Similarly it was straight games victories for Petrissa Solja, the no.3 seed; as it was for Ariel Hsing, the no.8 seed and Ana-Marija Erdelji, the no.8 seed,

Petrissa Solja, winner of the Cadet Girls’ Singles title at the European Youth Championships in Terni in 2008 and one year later in Prague, overcame Canada’s Sara Yuen (11-7, 11-5, 11-4, 11-2).

Ariel Hsing Impressive
An impressive display by Petrissa Solja, it was the same from Ariel Hsing.
Winner of the Intercontinental Cup at the Volkswagen Women’s World Cup in Huangshi in September 2012, Ariel Hsing ended the hopes of Japan’s Miki Fujuhara in an emphatic manner (11-8, 11-4, 11-3, 11-8).

No Drama
Success for Georgina Pota, Petra Solja and Ariel Hsing with any moments of drama, it was the same for Ana-Marija Erdelji.

Crowned European Cadet Girls’ Singles champion in Moscow in 2002, she extolled her defensive skills to the full; she beat India’s Pooja Sahasrabudhe without any qualms of anguish (11-4, 11-9, 11-6, 11-2).

Play Continues
Play continues in the Women’s Singles event on Friday 5th July.



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