Jarvis causes upset to win Worlds group

Tom Jarvis caused a minor upset to win his qualifying group at the World Junior Championships in Cape Town.

Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 7:20 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:16 pm
Tom Jarvis. Photo: ITTF.

The Skegness youngster, who turned 17 the day before the event, was ranked 46th at the event and second in his group of four.

But he came from 3-1 down to beat the group’s top seed, 34th-ranked Truls Moregard of Sweden, 4-3 (6-11, 12-14, 11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-3).

Added to 4-0 victories over both Gustavo Kodama of Brazil (11-9, 11-4, 11-9, 11-4) and Benjamin Gould of Australia (12-10, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7), it meant Jarvis, who now trains full-time in Sweden, topped his group.

He was drawn against 24th seed Chien-Tu Huang of Taipei in the first knockout round – the last 64 – but could not quite get a foothold in the match as he was beaten 4-2 (12-14, 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4).

In the mixed doubles, Jarvis -who travelled as a reserve with the GB men’s team for the Olympic Games in Brazil - partnered Bruna Takahashi of Brazil and they won their first round match against Azeez Solanke of Nigeria & Algeria’s Malissa Nasri 3-0 (14-12, 11-9, 11-8).

That put them into the last 32, where they were then beaten by fourth seeds Yuki Matsuyama & Hina Hayata of Japan 3-0 (12-10, 11-9, 11-7).