12 Mar 2019

A distinct liking for Portugal, in 2017 at the European Youth Championships, he won the boys’ singles title in Guimarães, last year in Cluj Napoca located in northwest Romania, he repeated the feat. Now two years after the initial triumph, some 70 miles further north, Ioannis Sgouroplous of Greece once again enjoyed success.

On Sunday 10th March, he clinched the men’s singles title at the Butterfly 2019 European Under 21 Championships in Gondomar.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Success but it was hard fought success and not without defeat; he played a total of nine matches over the four day period to claim the title.

Currently no world ranking in the age group; thus required to start at the very beginning, on the opening day of play he was beaten by Poland’s Maciej Kubik (11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-9). Second place in the group was his lot, a place in the second stage secured and then no further defeats.

Silver, the colour of the medal for Gerritt Engemann (Photo: Rita Taborda)


However, on the concluding day of action, he came very close to bidding farewell; there was more than one nervous moment.

At the semi-final stage he beat Romania’s Rares Sipos, the no.4 seed, by the minimal two point margin in the deciding seventh game (7-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4, 13-15, 10-12, 11-9), before in a similarly dramatic manner, clinched the title by overcoming Germany’s Gerritt Engemann (9-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 11-9), likewise a player who had been required to start his journey in the first stage of play.

The conclusion of play, the men’s singles podium (Photo: Rita Taborda)


A close defeat for Gerritt Engeman, in the penultimate round it had been a close win; he had recovered from a two games to nil deficit to record a six games success in opposition to Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko (3-11, 5-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9).

Bronze for Vladimir Sidorenko in the men’s singles event, it was the same in the men’s doubles; partnering Denis Ivonin, the Russian duo suffered at the hands of Slovakia’s Adam Brat and Tibor Spanik (10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9).

Peter Hribar (furthest from camera) watches intently as Darko Jorgic exercises control (Photo: Rita Taborda)


Success for Adam Brat and Tibor Spanik, a place in the final but there was to be no gold; they were beaten by Slovenia’s Peter Hribar and Darko Jorgic (11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-3).

Earlier in the penultimate round Peter Hribar and Darko Jorgic had ended the progress of Italy’s Antonino Amato and Daniele Pinto (11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 2-11, 11-6).

The men’s doubles podium, gold for Slovenia (Photo: Rita Taborda)
2019 Butterfly Europe Under 21 Championships Darko Jorgic Ioannis Sgouropoulos Gerritt Engemann Peter Hribar

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