03 Oct 2017

Silver medallists two years ago in the Danish town of Vejle, Germany’s Stephanie Grebe and Juliane Wolf, with Corinna Hochdorfer the new addition to the outfit, caused the biggest upset as play progressed in the Women’s Team events at the 2017 European Para Championships in Lasko, Slovenia on Monday 2nd October.

They beat Russia, the second seeds, the defending champions, the country against whom they had suffered defeat in Vejle, to secure top place in their Class 6-8 group and resign their adversaries to runners up spot; the saving grace for the 2015 gold medallists is that teams finishing in second places in each group also advance to the semi-finals.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

In Vejle the Russian team comprised Ulijia Shishkina, Raisa Chebanika and Elena Litvinenko; in Lasko, Victoriya Safonova replaced Elena Litvinenko. A two-one defeat had been the outcome in Denmark, in Slovenia it was a total reversal, a most impressive two-nil victory.

Second place for the second seeds; there were no such problems for the top seeded French partnership of Anne Barneoud and Thu Kamkasomphu, the top seeds and bronze medallists in Vejle, they finished in first place in their group with the Norwegian combination of Aida Dahlen, Merethe Tveiten and Nora Korneliussen in second position.

Problems for one notable outfit but as play advanced in the Women’s Team events on the fifth day of action there were no such difficulties for those with title aspirations.

Also, an event with two groups in the initial stage, in Class 9-10, the Turkish formation of Neslihan Kavas, Merve Demir and Hilal Turkkan duly topped their as did Poland’s Karolina Pek and Katarzyna Marszal.

Meanwhile, in the categories where play is conducted on an all-play-all basis, in Class 2-3 Croatia’s Helena Dretar and Andela Muzinic, the top seeds and defending champions overcame the French pairing of Isabelle Lafaye and Florence Gossiaux-Sireau by two matches to nil to end the day as the only unbeaten team in the event.

Likewise in Class 4-5, Serbia’s Borislava Peric-Rankovic and Nada Matic recorded a two-one win against the host nation’s Andreja Dolinar and Barbara Meglic to maintain their unbeaten record.

Play in the Women’s Team events continues on Tuesday 3rd October.

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