France was finally challenged but – prevailedPhoto: Roman BENICKY
Sweden won silver medal
France won its ninth title in Junior Boys Teams Event. In the final of the European Youth Championships in Bratislava they overcame Sweden to defend the gold.
The duel between Europe’s no one Anton KALLBERG and no. three Can AKKUZU, showed Swede’s complete dominance. The win in the close, opening, game gave KALLBERG the wings to continue in fast lane. AKKUZU was struggling to find the answers to his adversary’s aggressive style.
Simon SODERLUND brought the best of Alexandre CASSIN. Their opening game offered plenty of fantastic rallies for spectators to enjoy. After the French player sealed the first game by narrow margin, the pressure was on SODERLUND. CASSIN dominated throughout the second and third game.
Malte MOREGARDH and Joe SEYFRIED played close match in early stages, but SEYFRIED was always a little step ahead, forcing Malte into errors.
On his second return to the table KALLBERG faced CASSIN who imposed his rhythm and took the opening game in express style. KALLBERG’s efforts were not to be denied and he took second game to level the score. The game became closer in next part of the match. Neither of players could not produce wider gap forcing each other into errors. At the end CASSIN was better in crucial points. The game of cat and mouse continued, and KALLBERG was the player who controlled the situation in fourth game to force into the decisive game. The countdown to the gold started after 8:0 for Alexandre. Anton won only four points until the end.
“The most important thing is that the team won. I am very happy because the title, it is the product of team effort. I lost against KALLBERG, but when you have CASSIN and further such good players at the position no. three, you are not under big pressure,” praised the game of his teammates Can AKKUZU.
CASSIN recorded two wins.
“It is always difficult to play against KALLBERG. I have met him four of five times and I am aware how his service game is dangerous. You simply have no answer to that. I had to play clever, to change tactics in order to keep the match under control.”
Junior Boys Teams Final
Sweden – France 1:3
Anton KALLBERG- Can AKKUZU 3:0 (13:11, 11:5, 11:5)
Simon SODERLUND – Alexandre CASSIN 0:3 (10:12, 6:11, 7:11)
Malte MOREGARDH - Joe SEYFRIED 0:3 (9:11, 7:11, 4:11)
Anton KALLBERG - Alexandre CASSIN 2:3 (4:11, 11:7, 7:11, 11:4, 4:11)
JUNIOR BOYS TEAMS
France: Can AKKUZU, Alexandre CASSIN, Nolan GIVONE, Romain RUIZ, Joe SEYFRIED
Sweden Anton KALLBERG, Malte MOREGARDH, Oscar PERMAN, Simon SODERLUND
Slovenia Darko JORGIC, Deni KOZUL, Erik Paulin, Tom SFILIGOJ
Poland Marek BADOWSKI, Adrian DUGIEL, Kamil NALEPA, Patryk ZATOWKA, Tomasz TOMASZUK.