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European Youth Championships - 17 Jul 2015

Artur GRELA had the perfect day in Bratsilava

Photo: Roman BENICKY

Cadet from Poland beat DEVOS and MUTTI

 

Artur GRELA of Poland, Europe’s no. 96, was in charge for two upsets in the Cadet Boys Singles Event at the European Youth Championships in Bratislava on the eighth day of the competition.

He reached the Round of 16 after victory over Matteio MUTTI of Italy, player placed at the position no. 8 at the current European Rankings 4:1 (9, 9, 7, -6, 8). In the Round of 64 GRELA already opened the short list of upsets in Cadet Boys Singles. He beat Belgium’s Laurens DEVOS currently placed at position no. 28 in straight games – 4:0 (8, 7, 9, 4)

“I am very happy with overall performance in Bratislava but especially with this match. It was my best performance at the European Championships. I took control from the early stages of the match; my backhand worked perfectly; I dominated until the end. It is my best result at the Europeans and it is the great experience for the future,” said GRELA, who reached sixth position in Team’s Event with Poland.

Europe’s no. nine also faced early departure. Artem DVOYNIKOV of Russia suffered by the hands of Portugal’s Vitor AMORIM, no. 126 – 4:1 (9, 9, -6, 10, 8).

“I knew how god my adversary is. He beat Cristian PLETEA in Team’s Event in straight games,” said AMORIM.”I received his service well, so I was able to attack him, as I planed. On the other side, my service worked well.”

In the next round Carlo ROSSI of Italy halted further progress of the Portugla’s player – 4:1 (3, 3, 4, -4, 8).

Vladimir SIDORENKO of Russia, also lost his encounter against lower ranked player – John OYEBODE of Italy – 4:3 (-8, 10, 6, -8, -10, 7, 9) in the third round, but in next Ioannis GOUROPOULOS of Greece put things back in order – 4:2 (-9, -11, 9, 6, 5, 9).

Top seeded Maria TAYLAKOVA of Russia easily prevailed against Alba FERNANDEZ of Spain to book her place in the Round of the 16 of the Cadet Girls Singles Event 4:0 (5, 8, 3, 8). Andreea DRAGOMAN of Romania had much heavier task against Ema LOBOSOVA of Slovakia. Host nation representative forced DRAGOMAN to go full distance 4:3 (-6, 1, 2, -10, 3, -10, 4). 

In the Round of 64 favorites justified their status. The only upset came from Italy’s Jamila LAURENTI, Europe’ no. 55. She beat Anna WEGRZYN of Poland placed at the position no. 25 – 4:2 (-7, 3, 8, -12, 7, 8). Denmark’s Sophie WALLOE stretched Tania PLAIAN of Romania to full distance 4:3 (7, -9, 1, 9, -11, -9, 8). 


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