Luisa SAGER beat Natalia BAJORPhoto: Marco STEINBRENNER
German junior exceeded the rankings
In Junior Girls Event at the European Youth Championships in Bratislava, few favorites faced earlier exit then their rankings predicted. Most notable name to finish the competition was Natalia BAJOR of Poland.
Player currently ranked at the position no. four in Europe suffered by the hands of Luisa SAGER of Germany, Europe’s no. 38 – 4:2 (9, 7, 2, -10, -6, 8).
“Already in the Team’s Event we played against each other and I lost in straight games. However, despite the result, every game was very close. I lost every set by narrow margin. That is why I hoped for chance to win a game this time, in singles. And it happened more than that. Suddenly I was 3:0 up and I had 10:9 in fourth game. I realized that I could win, but I lost that game. I was nervous after that, because I know how good is Natalia in rankings. I lost the next game, but sealed the match in sixth set,” explained SAGER.
Adina DIACONU of Romania booked her place among 16 best after victory over Dragana VIGNJEVIC 4:0 (8, 5, 7, 12); Pauline CHASSELIN of France beat Caroline HAJOK of Germany 4:0 (5, 9, 6, 7). Alina NIKITCHANKA of Belarus overcame Angelique GERTENBACH of Netherlands 4:1 (7, 5, -9, 5, 7).
In the previous Round, no. 37 in Europe Julia KAIM of Germany lost against Serbia’s Dragana VIGNJEVIC, no. 148 at the rankings 4:3 (6, -5, -5, 9, -6, 9, 4). Rita FINS of Portugal, placed at the position no. 32 lost against Anna IVANNIKOVA of Russia, no. 105 – 4:2 (13, -10, -7, 13, 4, 6). Angelique GERTENBACH beat Jeannie WOLF of Germany by the same margin 4:2 (-6, -5, 9, 7, 9, 9).
WAN Yuan’s first match in singles concluded successfully. German player overcame Swede Erika FRONT.
“I was a little bit nervous. I was not playing much in the Team’s Event and I needed the time to adjust to the atmosphere and everything in the main hall. I was more worried about the level of my game, then about my adversary,” stated WAN. ”It was important for me to impose my game and to took the control in early stages; not to lose the focus.”