by Ian Marshall, Editor
The no.3 seeds, after accounting for Slovakia’s Lubomir Pistej and Barbora Balazova, the top seeds, at the semi-final stage (11-6, 6-11, 13-11, 11-4); a performance of near perfection witnessed success in opposition to Romania’s Ovidiu Ionescu and Bernadette Szocs, the no.6 seeds (11-4, 11-4, 11-4) to claim the title.
“There were incredible rallies from the start, the first we even lost! Our opponents were good but we played an almost perfect mixed game today. The title win was a strange relief. Now we can work out the master plan for Tokyo, without worrying about qualifying.” Petrissa Solja
“We had a similar situation in Budapest, Peti had lost in the singles. I saw how sad Peti was after the defeat but that’s normal; when we played in the evening, I saw the fire in her eyes again and knew that we would win the final.” Patrick Franziska
Silver for Ovidiu Ionescu and Bernadette Szocs, who in the penultimate round had beaten the French combination of Tristan Flore and Laura Gasnier, the no.4 seeds (11-13, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8); it was bronze for the French duo. They accounted for Lubomir Pistej and Barbora Balazova to secure the third step of the podium (6-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-6).
Mixed doubles success and more mixed doubles success for Germany; last September at the Liebherr 2019 European Championships in Alicante, Ruwen Filus and Han Ying had reserved the top step of the podium.
Play in Minsk continues with the semi-finals, final and bronze medal matches in the men’s singles and women’s singles events; the men’s and women’s team competitions commence on Thursday 27th June. The gold medallists in each of the men’s and women’s team events qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Matters conclude on Saturday 29th June.
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