There was success in two countries for young English players over the weekend as Larry Trumpauskas won two golds in the Riga Open and Tianer Yu won the Torneio de Centenario Open in D’Ouro, Portugal.
Also in Riga, a number of players from Draycott & Long Eaton TTC were competing and there were silvers for Naphong Boonyaprapa, Erin Green and Isabelle Bradly.
Trumpauskas beat compatriot Boonyaprapa in the under-19 final, coming out on top 3-2 (1-11, 13-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-3). They are pictured above on the podium.
Trumpauskas had earlier defeated Joseph Cooper 3-0 (6, 3, 5) in the quarter-finals. Nathaniel Saunders reached the same stage, where he was beaten by Tsotne Kobalia of Georgia.
Saunders and Cooper met in the play-offs for fifth to eighth, Saunders winning 3-2 (8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10). He went on to finish sixth and Cooper seventh. Draycott & Long Eaton duo Billy Shi and Winston Hill were 13th and 20th respectively out of a field of 24.
Trumpauskas’ second gold was in the under-16s, where he defeated Adil Ahmadzada of Azerbaijan 3-0 (4, 4, 3) in the final.
Cooper finished 13th, Shi 22nd, Hill 29th and Dylan Ufton 30th, out of a total of 61 competitors.
In the under-19 girls’, there was a silver medal for Erin Green, who was beaten 3-0 (11-9, 11-6, 11-2) in the final by Camelia Merenco of Moldova.
Anna Green finished in fifth place, losing to Zemfira Mikayilova of Azerbaijan in the quarter-finals, and Naomi Coker in eighth, having lost at the same stage to Merenco. Connie Dumelow finished 12th and Millie Noble 20th out of a field of 26.
There was a silver medal for Isabelle Bradly in the U11 girls’ event as she was defeated in the final by Monika Pawlowska from Poland. There were 18 competitors in that category.
In the U16 girls’ competition, Coker was the best-placed English finisher in 15th, Noble was 19th, Dumelow 22nd, Catherine Lv 24th and Millie Ufton 35th out of 43 competitors.
Millie Ufton was 18th in the U13 girls’ category, one place ahead of Lv, with Jessica Larkin 30th out of 33 competitors.
Meanwhile, in Portugal, Yu (pictured below on the podium) came out on top at the Torneio de Centenario Open in D’Ouro.