The Hopes winners for 2017 were decided today at the INS venue in Luxembourg, at the World Hopes Challenge. The competition will also contribute to the Hopes Team selection for the World Cadet Challenge.

Tayler Fox (GER), Anna Hursey (WAL), Navid Shams (IRI), Zhou Jingyi (SGP), Nicholas Lum (AUS), Luis Maciel (POR), Sophie Earley (IRL), Swathi Giri (USA) seized the top spots

The day started off with the qualification groups and athletes showing both youthful excitement and tears during the whole morning.

The Challenge saw disputed matches all morning.

Zhou Jingyi took the gold at the 2017 World Hopes Girls Challenge, Photo by Claude Sibenaler

2017 Hopes Girls

In Group A composed by Zhou JINGYI (SGP), Giulia TAKAHASHI (BRA), Jenny Cux (GUA) and Jana WAGIH, the Singaporean evidenced a very stable game, defeating all opponents by 3-0, followed by the Brazilian. Both contenders moved on to dispute places 1 to 8.

Swathi GIRI (USA), Laura KAIM (GER), Sophie EARLEY (IRL) and Hannah GREEN (AUS) competed in Group B. The American showed a lot of confidence in the groups phase, taking the groups leadership followed by promising Irish Sophie Earley.

There was no lack of enthusiasm in group C with Helena SOMMEROVA (CZE) and Wirakarn TAYAPITAK (THA) prevailing over Maram ZOGHLAMI (TUN) and Feyza DEMIR (TUR).

In Group D, Anna HURSEY (WAL) and Sarvinoz MIRKADIROVA (KAZ) went after the medals leaving behind Evelin UNGVARY and Melisa SADIKOVIC.

Singaporean Zhou JINGYI kept her invincibility all through the afternoon, winning in straight sets to all her opponents. Anna Hursey from Wales showed great confidence and quality up to the final while both Swathi GIRI and Sophie Earley were successful in securing the bronze medal.

Giulia TAKAHASHI ranked 5, followed by Helena SOMMEROVA (CZE) who ranked 6th, Sarvinoz MIRKADIROVA and Wirakarn TAYAPITAK, in positions 7 and 8 respectively.

Navid Shams was the winner of the 2017 World Hopes Boys Challenge. Photo by Claude Sibenaler

2017 Hopes Boys

On the Hopes Boys side Singaporean Izaac QUEK YONG was the winner of group A, showing enormous quality for such a young age. He was followed by Rogelio CASTRO (MEX), another good surprise in this 2017 Hopes activity, Mohamed WESLATI (TUN) and Maël VAN DESSEL (LUX).

David Shams was victorious in group B, with German Tayler Fox securing the 2nd position and the opportunity to continue on to the main draw to dispute 1 to 8 positions. Omar EHAB and Stepan BRHEL finished third and fourth respectively.

Australian Nicholas Lum and Luis Maciel from Portugal found their way to keep the title in sight, by overcoming Peruvian Nicolas Luna and Emran HIREEZ, from Libya.

Finally, on group D, Jayden ZHOU and Dragos BUJOR set a high standard in their group with first and second position respectively, closely followed by Phubase ARPHASAT (THA) and Salem ALSUWAILEM (KSA).

David Shams led the way to the final, strongly challenged by Dragos Bujor, one point away from destroying his dream of two consecutive Hopes Challenge Trophies.

Tayler Fox followed the winning pathway up to the Final. Still Navid’s stability and mental strength was key for the Iranian to seize the opportunity and make history, the first Hopes player to win two consecutive challenges.

For more information about the 2017 World Hopes Challenge participants click here
For more information about the 2017 World Hopes Challenge Hopes Boys groups results click here
For more information about the 2017 World Hopes Challenge Hopes Girls groups results click here
For more information about the 2017 World Hopes Challenge Hopes Boys Main draw results click here
For more information about the 2017 World Hopes Challenge Hopes Girls Main draw results click here
For the Final Ranking – BOYS Singles click here
For the Final Ranking – GIRLS Singles click here

Trophies and medals were awarded in Luxembourg for the 2017 World Hopes Challenge