Owen Cathcart Wins Swedish Junior Open

Owen defeated top French player Dorian Zheng 4-2 (11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11, 8-11, 11-9) in the Final, a tremendous result over the top seed, and a top 10 European Junior who had won all of their previous encounters.

The top Ormeau TTC Junior, now playing full-time in Sweden, was in fine form throughout the event, only dropping one set in the knockout stages.  That was in the semi-finals when he beat 5th seed Angel Naranjo (Puerto Rico) 4-1 (10-12, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3).  Naranjo had earlier defeated Owen’s teammate and doubles partner Borgar Haug 4-2.

Owen won 4-0 against Suresh Raj (India) in the last 16, and again 4-0 against Tsyhanouski (Belarus), showing the impressive form that was to come in the semis and the final.

However there was disappointment for Owen in the doubles with Borgar Haug when they lost out in the quarter final to Simonsen and Skarsholm (Denmark) in a close encounter 11-13, 11-6, 8-11, 10-12, just one step away from another medal.

See ITTF article on Owen’s great win here: https://www.ittf.com/2020/02/21/owen-cathcart-prithika-pavade-win-orebro/

(Owen Final starts at 3 hours 4 minutes)