17 Jul 2017

Russia and France will meet in both of the cadet team finals at the Stag 2017 European Youth Championships in Guimarães, after the two countries enjoyed favourable outcomes in the penultimate round of both competitions on Monday 17th July.

by Simon Daish

Ekaterina Zironova and Elizabet Abraamian were in fine form for Russia in the Cadet Girls’ Team tournament, as the duo guided the team to a 3-0 victory over semi-final opponents Turkey.

The match got off to a perfect start for the Russian team as Ekaterina Zironova came out on top in her encounter with Ece Harac (11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 12-10).

There was more good news on the horizon for the defending champions as Elizabet Abraamian extended the team’s advantage following a tremendous comeback effort against Ozge Yilmaz (3-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5). Ekaterina Zironova and Elizabet Abraamian then combined to see off Ece Harac and Ozge Yilmaz in the doubles (11-6, 11-4, 11-7).

“The way I feel in Portugal is great. I’m feeling the ball and I’m moving well. We came here to win the gold and I am positive we will achieve that goal”, Ekaterina Zironova.

Awaiting Russia in the final is France, after Prithika Pavade and Camille Lutz edged out Belarus in the other semi-finals encounter.

Prithika Pavade helped the French team to an early lead in the match beating Ulyana Aklhouskaya across four games (11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 16-14) prior to a brace from Camille Lutz, who not only prevailed against Darya Kisel (11-4, 11-8, 11-9) but also went on to overcome Ulyana Aklhouskaya (4-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4) to condemn Belgium to a 3-2 defeat.

France has also booked its spot in the Cadet Boys’ Team competition final, after putting in a powerful display against Hungary.

Bilal Hamache gave France the early lead in the semi-finals tie, edging to a tight win against Csaba Andras (6-11, 11-3, 12-10, 3-11, 11-9) while Dorian Zheng proved too strong for Oliver Both in the following encounter (11-3, 11-7, 11-6).

Victory for France was then sealed as Jules Cavaille and Myshaal Sabhi fought their way to a 3-2 win against Csaba Andras and Oliver Both (12-10, 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7).

“I am playing great table tennis here. In my matches, I feel that my forehand is strong and my receive of service is very good. I had some difficulties at the beginning, but I adjusted the way I placed the ball at the table”, Bilal Hamache.

Russia’s success in the Cadet Girls’ Team semi-finals was replicated in the Cadet Boys’ Team semi-finals, following a positive outcome against Belgium in the last four.

Maksim Grebnev beat Olav Kosolosky in the opening fixture of the match (17-15, 11-7, 11-7) before Vladimir Sidorenko increased Russia’s lead with a straight games triumph over Adrien Rassenfosse (11-7, 11-4, 11-8).

The win was then guaranteed with a doubles victory for Maksim Grebnev and Vladimir Sidorenko, who successfully partnered up to defeat Olav Kosolosky and Adrien Rassenfosse (12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6) to send Russia through to the title match.

Stag 2017 European Youth Championships: Results – Monday 17th July

2017 Stag European Youth Championships Vladimir Sidorenko Elizabet Abraamian Prithika Pavade Ekaterina Zironova Maksim Grebnev Camille Lutz

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