by Simon Daish
Battling it out for the Junior Girls’ Team trophy was the first seeded side Romania and the third seeds France, in what was anticipated to be a dramatic showdown for the title.
However, despite the quality of the French lineup the final ended up being a fairly one-sided duel with Romania coming out of the tie on the correct side of a 3-0 victory.
First up for Romania was the highly rated Adina Diaconu, who came through the opening match against Leili Mostafavi across four games (11-8, 11-13, 11-5, 11-9) to give her country the early lead.
Andreea Dragoman then doubled the advantage for Romania after she edged out Lucie Gauthier in a close fought encounter (13-11, 11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 13-11), before the final was brought to a close with Tania Plaian’s straight games success over Nolwenn Fort (11-5, 14-12, 11-8) ensuring the title win for the top seeds.
The Junior Girls’ Team competition saw the top seeds claim the trophy, and there was a similar outcome over in the Cadet Girls’ Team final.
Russia emerged as champions of the tournament following a powerful 3-0 victory over the fourth seeds Italy, as Elizabet Abraamian and Ekaterina Zironova both put in strong displays for the no.1 seeds.
(Photo: Bogdan Pasek)