Tom finds nemesis in Japanese starlet

Tom Jarvis.
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Sixth seed Takuto Izumo was Tom Jarvis’ nemesis at the Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open.

The Skegness table tennis teenager was seeded at 32 for the Junior Boys’ Singles and duly reached the last 32 with a 4-1 victory over Nicholas Frigiolini of Italy (11-8, 8-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-6).

But he found eventual semi-finalist Izumo, from Japan, too good, slipping to a 4-0 defeat, though it was a lot closer than the scoreline suggested as Jarvis went down (10-12, 11-13, 5-11, 8-11).

The pair clashed again in the team competition in Szombathely and Jarvis appeared to have learned a lot from defeat as the result was much closer, Jarvis leading 2-1 before succumbing 3-2 in another close match (11-8, 9-11, 14-12, 12-14, 9-11).

Earlier in the tie, 15-year-old Jarvis had defeated Yukiya Uda 3-2 (6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9) as England ran second seeds Japan mighty close in the qualifying group encounter before losing the overall match 3-2.

They had earlier lost by the same score to Germany B, with Skegness Grammar School pupil Jarvis contributing a 3-1 victory over Nils Hohmeier (6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6) but being defeated 3-2 by Tom Eise (5-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-13, 3-11).

In the doubles, Jarvis and Luke Savill were handed a bye into the last 32, where they had the misfortune to face top seeds and eventual runners-up Darko Jorgic of Sovenia and Tomas Polanksy of the Czech Republic.

But they acquitted themselves well in a 3-2 defeat (14-12, 6-11, 11-9, 4-11, 6-11).