17 Jul 2018

An unbeaten performance by Hana Arapovic secured Croatia a place in the main draw of the Cadet Girls’ Team event at the Stag 2018 European Youth Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on Tuesday 17th July; the three-one success against Slovakia being the one upset in the play-off stage.

However, there were close calls for the favourites. Notably, the Belgian trio of Estelle Duvivier, Julie Hauwaert and Marion Renuart, experienced testing times as did Turkey’s Simge Inal and Sükran Cangir.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Slovakia had finished in fourth position in their “Level One” group; Croatia had topped their “Level Two” group.

Impressively Hana Arapovic beat both Adriana Illasova (11-5, 11-6, 13-11) and Renata Lacenova (11-7, 12-10, 11-3), whilst sandwiched in between partnering Hanna Loncarevic to doubles success (5-11, 11-7, 10-12, 13-11, 11-6).

A fine effort from Hana Arapovic, it was the same from Emine Ernst and Rebecca Muskantor but their efforts were somewhat in vain.

On duty for the Netherlands in partnership with Emma van der Zanden against Belgium, Emine Ernst beat both Julie Van Hawaert (11-9, 11-7, 11-2) and Estelle Divivier (11-3, 11-4, 11-6) but that was to be the sum total of her team’s success; the crucial contest being the doubles win by Estelle Duvivier and Marion Renuart (11-8, 11-4, 3-11, 9-11, 11-7).

Defeat by three matches to two for the Netherlands; it was the same for Sweden in opposition Turkey.

Rebecca Muskantor beat both Simge Inal (11-9, 11-5, 11-3) prior to accounting for Sükran Cangir in a similar vein (11-5, 11-9, 13-11). Earlier facing Rebecca Muskantor and Leah Tveit Muskantor, a four games doubles win had been recorded (11-7, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6).

Places in the main draw secured by Belgium, Croatia and Turkey; in the play-off round it was the same for Belarus, Bulgaria and Ukraine; they join Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Russia and Serbia in the main draw.

2018 STAG European Youth Championships Sükran Cangir Simge Inal Marion Renuart Julie Van Hauwaert Hanna Loncarevic Hana Aprapovic Estelle Duvivier