Sophie Barcsai travelled to Hungary with her family just after Christmas to compete in the Hungarian Mini-Cadet Open. It was a very successful trip with Sophie returning with a gold medal and U11 Hungarian Open Champion.
The event started for Sophie with the U13 Team event in which she played for the Hungarian National Team with Orsolya Jakab in Hungary B. Their first match was against Czech Republic B and they won 3-0. Panionios Ao Chios which also resulted in a 3-0 win. The third opponents were a mixed club team Lokomotiva/Chanion, the teams were different but the result was the same as Sophie and Orsolya were too strong for the opposition and another 3-0 was recorded. The run finally came to an end against the Lithuania National Team. Sophie won both her singles match but the Lithuanian girls won the crucial doubles match and Orsolya went down to both Lithuanian girls in singles so Lithuania recorded a 3-2 win against them.
Sophie’s opening group match in the singles event saw her play Ukraine’s Polina Kryosheya which Sophie won 3-0 (8,4,3). In her second match Sophie matched up against Vasiliki Boula of Greece. the Greek girl fought hard and took an end but Sophie remained dominant to take it 3-1 (6,3,-9,4). The final group match was another 3-0 (3,6,9) against Israeli player Noa Sharon. The final group table showed Sophie as clear winner with 3 wins out of 3 and she proceeded to the main draw.
In the main draw Sophie faced German opposition in the form of Sophie Schirm of Bavaria. Sophie’s German name sake started strongly taking the first end 11-9 before Sophie stamped her authority on the match taking the next 3 ends (4,5,2). In the quarter final Sophie’s opposition was another Hungarian player, Johanna Petery. Sophie maintained her dominant form and dispatched her compatriot 3-0 (4,4,3).
The semi-final opponent was another Hungarian from the High Life SE club, Natalia Szucs. Natalia was dispatched in the same manner which was becoming a winning habit 3-0 (4,8,8) to set up a final with yet another Hungarian girl Nora Dohoczki.
In the final Sophie was determined as usual and the momentum she had built during the event carried forward and there was nothing Nora could do to stop Sophie’s march towards the title with once again a 3-0 win (8,5,6).
This was a hugely successful end of 2019 for Sophie who has made considerable progress in recent months. She is now eager for 2020 and further improvements. Well done Sophie.