French favorites justified their rankings
The list of the 11 new names of players who will compete in London this summer, after five days of fierce battles in Women’s Singles Event in Luxembourg is completed. From the European Olympic Qualifications in Luxembourg their place at the Olympics booked: LI Qiangbing and Amelie SOLJA of Austria, Wenling TAN MONFARDINI of Italy, Cornelia MOLNAR of Croatia, Margaryta PESOTSKA of Ukraine, Aleksandra PRIVALOVA of Belarus and TIAN Yuan of Croatia, Irene IVANCAN of Germany, Natalia PARTYKA of Poland, XIAN Yi Fang of France and Mie SKOV of Denmark.
Austria caught the last train for London in Women’s Singles Event from Luxembourg’s tournament. In two last semi finals Amelie SOLJA and LI Qianbing fought for their places. LI booked her place first today as she did four years ago.“I was not afraid. It was the same last time when I progressed to the Beijing’s Olympics. It was also on the last day,” said LI.
In the final LI played against Oxana FADEEVA of Russia. “The hardest match here for me was against Margaryta PESOTSKA,” added LI who reached Round of 16 in China four years ago.
Less then a day earlier, SOLJA played against Aleksandra PRIVALOVA final match for Olympic visa and failed to clinch the victory. She picks up the peaces and once again, today she entered the big Coque arena to fight for that place. And she succeeded. In the semi final former Germany’s player beat experienced Wenling TAN MONFARDINI of Italy who already played in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
“I was afraid that I am not mentally strong enough, but I kept fighting. I am so happy that I won this for Austria and that with LIU Jia and LI we will have a team in London,” stated SOLJA.
The owner of the third ticket for London at the final day was decided in the match between Wenling TAN MONFARDINI and Oxana FADEEVA and TAN MONFARDINI booked the last ticket. “I am so tired now. I am 40 and this has been very demanding tournament,” said Wenling.
(by Milica NIKOLIC, EWT)
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Photo: Amelie SOLJA (Photo Lomaev)