16 Jul 2018

The final round of group stage fixtures from the junior team events at the STAG 2018 European Youth Championships took place on Monday 16th July and as expected there was plenty of drama.

Find out which teams made it through to the next round of the tournament with our review of the second day of action from the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca.

by Simon Daish

Sweden came away with its third straight victory in Group D of the Junior Boys’ Team competition, beating Spain in the afternoon session of play. Martin Friis got Sweden off to a strong start, inflicting a four games defeat upon Francisco Miguel Ruiz (11-4, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4). Two wins for Truls Moregard against Javier Soria (11-9, 11-6, 11-9) and Francisco Miguel Ruiz (13-11, 11-6, 11-3) proved enough to see Sweden top the group ahead of Italy.

The two teams to advance from Group C were last year’s finallists, Russia and Germany following their respective successes against the Czech Republic and Hungary. However, despite the end score-line of 3-0 it wasn’t all plain sailing for the German side: both Cedric Meissner and Kay Stumper required the full match distance to beat Hungarian opponents Patrik Juhasz (11-2, 8-11, 11-3, 7-11, 11-3) and Oliver Both (9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9).

Artur Grela played a highly important role for his country with his brace helping Poland to a narrow 3-2 victory over the Slovak Republic in Group A with Romania taking first position. The French line-up of Leo De Nodrest, Lilian Bardet and Jules Rolland proved too strong for final Group B opponents Croatia while Belgium picked up a valuable 3-2 win over Greece to claim the runner up spot.

Out of the four top seeded teams competing in the Junior Girls’ Team category only Serbia finished as a group winner. Taking on Turkey in the final round of Group B fixtures Serbia established an early advantage courtesy of Sabina Surjan, who prevailed against Betul Nur Kahraman (11-8, 11-7, 11-7). Andjela Menger and Tijana Jokic held off Ozge Yilmaz (10-12, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 13-11) and Ece Harac (11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 12-10) to seal a 3-0 victory for Serbia.

Romania recovered from a disappointing opening day at the office by posting a vital win over Spain: Tania Plaian, Andreea Dragoman and Andreea Hudusan all played their part as the hosts registered a positive 3-0 outcome, a result which ultimately sent Romania through with Germany experiencing defeat at the hands of France.

Top spot in Group C has been secured by Poland with Anna Wegrzyn winning both of her matches against group runners up Slovenia while Azerbaijan and Russia move through from Group A.

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