2020 ITTF World Junior Circuit, Swedish Junior & Cadet Open
The top seed, Izaac Quek Young, listed at no.4 on the current under 15 boys’ world rankings, won the title without the loss of a single game. He went safely through to the second round, the 13 year old accounted for Sohan Gilles of France (11-3, 11-5, 11-6), England’s Conor Green (12-10, 11-5, 14-12) and Puerto Rico’s Oscar Birriel (11-8, 11-9, 11-6).
Outstanding form en route to the final, it was the same in the final; he beat Canada’s Siméon Martin to secure the top prize (11-8, 11-9, 11-8).
Presently ranked at no.276 on the under 15 boys’ world rankings, Siméon Martin was a surprise finalist. On the concluding day of play, in his opening encounters he stared defeat in the face. He recovered from a two games to nil deficit to beat Aziz Zarehbin of the United States (9-11, 6-11, 14-12, 11-9, 11-7), prior to doing exactly the same when facing India’s Preyesh Suresh Raj (6-11, 10-12, 11-7, 13-11, 11-8).
A place in the semi-finals booked he rose the occasion, he beat Germany’s Tayler Fox in straight games (11-8, 11-8, 11-3).
“We are all very proud of Siméon. He showed his fighting spirit and determination by being behind in almost all his matches 0-2 and then making a comeback and winning 3-2. This is a very special quality. In the final, losing to the No.4 ranked Cadet in the World, and all games were very close, is also a great performance. Martin has proved that he can compete with the best in the World in his age category. This is a good example to all our players” said Adham Sharara, TTCAN President.