by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
At the quarter-final stage Fabio Rakotorimanana and Myshaal Sabhi accounted for the Czech Republic partnership of Ondrej Kveton and Simon Belik by three matches to one; Ethan Claude and Hugo Deschamps recorded a three-two success in opposition to the Poland ‘A’ partnership of Maciej Kubik and David Kosmal.
Success for France; at the quarter-final stage of the Boys’ Team event there was also success for Croatia ‘A’, who selected from Ivor Ban, Filip Borovnjak and Lovro Zovko as there was for Germany’s Mike Hollo and Hannes Hoermann.
The Croatians recorded a three-two success against Ukraine’s Andreii Grebenuik and Valentyn Yunchyk; for Germany it was a three-nil win in opposition to Iran’s Arya Amiri and Radin Khayyam.
In the penultimate round, France ‘A’ meets Croatia; France ‘B’ opposes Germany ‘A’.
Similarly, in the Girls’ Team competition, France was prominent, the France ‘A’ pairing of Chloe Chomis and Lou Frete duly topped their group and reserved a last eight place; likewise it was first position for the France ‘B’ pairing of Lucy Farcy and Lucre Mobarck. However, their progress was short lived; in the opening round they experienced a three-one defeat at the hands of Poland ‘A’ represented by Eliziebeta Kwiatkowska and Anna Brzyska.
Notably in the Girls’ Team event, the top seeded Ukraine combination of Anastasiya Dymytrenko, Iolanta Yevtoodii and Valeriia Ivakhiv reserved first position in their group and thus a quarter-final place.
The Boys’ Team and Girls’ Team events conclude on Saturday 4th November.