by Simon Daish
Polish club KTS Tarnobrzeg enjoyed a terrific outing in Austria as the top seeded team came away with a positive 1-3 result against host’s Linz AG Froschberg.
Han Ying was very much the star of the evening contributing two wins as Mo Zhang (12-14, 11-3, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7) and Sofia Polcanova (11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6) lost out to the expert defender while Tarnobrzeg’s third success came courtesy of Elizabeta Samara who saw off Linda Bergström with a confident display (11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 12-10).
The other match to result in a 1-3 away win was hosted in France as TT Saint Quentinois failed to keep Bursa Büyükşehir Belediyespor at bay.
Turkish outfit Bursa Büyükşehir Belediyespor made a strong start to the tie with a fine performance from Hu Melek, who held off Daniela Monteiro Dodean in the opener (11-6, 10-12, 11-5, 13-11).
TT Saint Quentinois did manage to get a win on the board with Britt Eerland pulling off a straight games win against Yana Noskova (11-5, 13-11, 11-8), but it would prove to be a consolation result as Lee Ho Ching defeated Cheng Hsien-Tzu (11-5, 11-3, 11-8) and Daniela Monteiro Dodean (11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7) to complete the job for the visitors.
Another quarter-finals tie played out in France saw Cp Lyssois Lille Metropole and Croatian side Dr. Časl go head-to-head.
Fu Yu required the full seven games distance to see off Bernadette Szocs in a tense opener (12-10, 11-7, 9-11, 7-11, 11-3) before victories from Doo Hoi Kem and Li Jie against Maria Xiao (11-9, 11-1, 11-6) and Agnes Le Lannic (11-6, 11-7, 11-6) rounded off a 0-3 win for the away team.
Georgina Pota put in an outstanding display for TTC Berlin Eastside, recovering from two games down to defeat Szekszard AC’s Cheng I-Ching (9-11, 13-15, 11-5, 11-7, 12-10). Shiho Matsudaira and Shan Xiaona also impressed in Hungary, triumphing over Polina Mikhailova (11-8, 11-8, 11-7) and Dora Madarasz (11-2, 11-1, 11-4) respectively.
European Champions League: Results and Fixtures