21 Jul 2018

Three players representing the Czech Republic successfully negotiated their Round of 128 fixtures in the Junior Boys' Singles tournament at the Stag 2018 European Youth Championships on Saturday 21st July while there was a shock exit for one of Azerbaijan's up-and-coming stars.

by Simon Daish

Leading the charge for the Czech Republic was Tomas Martinko, who came away from his encounter with Turkey’s Tugay Yilmaz with a win across six games (9-11, 13-11, 11-7, 7-11, 14-12, 11-6).

Two further Czech players are also through to the Round of 64 with Radek Skala and Frantisek Onderka claiming victories over Ziv Itshak (11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 11-6, 9-11, 12-10) and Ilia Kortchinski (11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 11-1, 11-9) respectively.

One of the big upsets of the round saw Yang Xinyu depart the proceedings: leading by a two games margin the Azerbaijan player failed to hold Yaniv Karmazin’s comeback attempt at bay (10-12, 6-11, 11-7, 13-11, 14-12, 7-11, 11-9) – Israel’s Karmazin will face Filip Radovic of Montenegro in the last 64.

Belgian star Olav Kosolosky put in a strong display in the Round of 128, defeating Spanish rival Francisco Miguel Ruiz in tie which went the full seven games distance (11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-13, 11-6).

The Round of 64 and Round of 32 of the Junior Boys’ Singles event will take place on Sunday 22nd July.

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2018 STAG European Youth Championships Olav Kosolosky. Yang Xinyu Tomas Martinko

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