by Ian Marshall, Editor
They recorded a hard fought 3-2 win against the no.4 seeds, the Czech Republic outfit formed by Zdena Blaskova, Gabriela Stepanova and Linda Zaderova; Zdena Blaskova beat both Jennie Edvinsson (10-12, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-1) and Rebecca Muscantor (4-11, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10) but that was the sum total of Czech Republic success.
Success against the odds for Sweden, for the remaining leading outfits it was a day unbeaten and top spot but not without problems. The host nation’s Anna Wegrzyn, Katarzyna Wegrzyn and Aleksandra Michalak secured first place in their group but were extended the full five match distance by the Turkish trio formed by Ozge Yilmaz, Ece Harac and Merve Cansu Demir. The saviour for the host nation was Katarzyna Wegrzyn, in the vital fifth match of the fixture, she beat Ozge Yilmaz in a nail-biting encounter decided by the very minimal two point margin (11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 10-12, 11-9).
Likewise, in the cadet girls’ team competition, the top seeds, Romania’s Elena Zaharia and Ioana Singeorzan secured first place as expected but there surprise first positions.
Once again, as with the junior girls’ team event, Sweden was to the fore. Leah Tveit Muskantor and Nomin Baasin, the no.11 seeds, finished in first place in their group, as against the odds did Romania’s Anna Brzyska and Zuzanna Wielgos, the no.10 seeds. Also it was a surprise top spot for the no.12 seeds, the Russian combination of Svetlana Dmitrienko, Anastasia Sizova and Irina Drude.
Play in both the junior girls’ team and cadet girls’ team events concludes on Saturday 25th May.