2017 Egypt Junior & Cadet Open | Table Tennis

Selena Selvakumar in Egypt Junior & Cadet Table Tennis

India’s young table tennis player Selena Selvakumar put on an extra-ordinary stuff to wrap up three gold medals  in junior girl’s team event, junior girl’s doubles and junior girl’s singles category in Egypt Junior & Cadet Open 2017.

She was teamed up with local paddlers Riman Hesham and Waad Ibrahim, and their team stunned the number one seed Egypt A team to clinch the first position in the team’s event.

Selena Selvakumar in 2017 Egypt Junior & Cadet Open:

Player/pair Event Qualification Round_of_16 QuarterFinal SemiFinal ****Final**** Medal
India – EGYPT Team 1 Egy-NGR
Win – (3-2)

2 EGYPT – B
Win – (3-1)
Tunisia
Win – (3-1)
EGYPT – A
Win – (3-2)
Gold Medal
SELVAKUMAR Selena(1)
Oribamise Esther(NGR)(1)
JUNIOR GIRLS’ DOUBLES F.Hend / Y.Alaa (EGY)
Win – (3-2)
A.Farah/T.Aman(EGY)
Win – (3-2)
A.Sarah(EGY)/Abir(TUR)
Win – (3-2)
Farinda(EGY)/(GRE)
Win – (3-2)
Gold Medal
SELVAKUMAR Selena JUNIOR GIRLS’ SINGLES 1 MAGDY Donia(EGY)
Win – (3-1)

2 ELSISY Nada(EGY)
Win – (2-1)
TAHA Eman(EGY)
Win – (4-1)
Mahmod Hana(EGY)
Win – (4-1)
A.Mariam(EGY)
Win – (4-3)
Alhodaby Marwa(EGY)
Win – (4-3)
Gold Medal
  • Junior Girl’s Singles:

The 17-year-old Chennai girl, remained unbeaten throughout the tournament and went on to grab the gold in girl’s singles category. In group stages, she defeated Donia Magdy and Nada Elsisy in the group stages while got the better of Eman Taha by 4-1 to set up a clash against Hana Mahmod in Quarter-finals, where she won quite comfortably by 4-1.

In semi-final, she had a bit difficult task against favorite Mairam Alhodaby but finally she had the last laugh, winning it by 4-3 to reach finals where she beat Marwa Alhodaby by same score-line (4-3) to lift the Egypt Junior & Cadet Table Tennis Open Title.

  • Junior Girl’s Doubles:

Selena paired up with Nigerian girl Oribamise Esther won the junior girl’s doubles event too. The number one seeded duo defeated Egypt’s pair of F.Hend / Y.Alaa in the first round by 3-2.

In semis, the Indo- Nigerian pair beat A.Sarah(EGY)/Abir(TUR) to fix a summit clash against Farinda(EGY)/(GRE), where Selena and Oribamise Esther came as the winner of the doubles title by 3-2.

  • Junior Girl’s Team Event:

Indian paddler Selena Selvakumar teamed up with local duo of Riman Hesham and Waad Ibrahim beat Egypt-Nigerian team by 3-2 and Egypt-B team by 3-1 in the qualifications to storm into semis of the competition.

In semi-finals, the Indo-Egyptian team shattered the hopes of Tunisia by 3-1 to book a place in the finals where they took on no.1 seed Egypt-A team.

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In the title clash, Selena overcame the challenge of Sarah Abousetta 3-1 (11-8, 13-11, 11-13, 11-7) in the opening rubber of the match and also notched up a victory against Marwa Alhodaby 3-1 (12-10, 4-11, 11-8, 11-9) in the fourth rubber to lift the trophy.