Sweden won the thriller against SloveniaPhoto: Roman BENICKY
France reached another final in Juniors Teams Event
Once again, France will play for the title at the European Youth Championships. In Bratislava, tomorrow, they will meet Sweden in the Junior Boys Teams Event.
France concluded their semi final duel, like every previous in Slovanaft Arena – in straight matches. Last in line, today, was Poland. Can AKKUZU, Alexandre CASSIN, and Joe SEYFRIED lost only one game in the semis.
“I am very happy the way we play in Bratislava. We have not lost the duel so far,” said CASSIN.
Nevertheless, is not easy to stay at the top of the game.
“We are in the hall for whole day, preparing and playing matches. We are all little tired. Also, it is not easy to cope with all that pressure all the time. We are aware we are favorite here.”
In the final, the titleholders will meet Sweden.
“They are very dangerous. Anton KALLBERG is no. one at the European rankings, we have no. two and three…I am sure it is going to be the great final.”
Unlike France, Sweden had very hard match against Slovenia. At the opening, Oscar PERMAN lost against Darko JORGIC.
“I was very nervous. I could not find the game. I lost before I settled into the match,” admitted PERMAN.
KALLBERG beat Deni KOZUL, but his match against JORGIC caught the attention of everyone in the hall.
“I was 0:2 in reverse, so I had to change my play. I re-adjust the service game and it changed the course of the match. We played point for point and I am happy that we produced many good rallies,” said KALLBERG.
Malte MOREGARDH beat Tom SFILIGOJ in full distance match.
“For me, the key moment was the winning of the opening game. I won it 14:12 and it gave me confidence and helped me relax. I played much better after that,” explained Malte.
Unlike Junior Girls, Junior Boys Teams Event produced only one upset in the quarterfinal stage. Slovenia prevailed against Czech Republic. Deni KOZUL, Darko JORGIC and Tom SFILIGOJ needed full five matches to beat the team led by Tomas POLANSKI. JORGIC was the backbone of Slovenia’s success beating both POLANSKI and KUCERA.
Sweden’s Anton KALLBERG, Malte MOREGARDH and Oscar PERMAN, showed no mercy against Italy, whilst top seeded France had no weak points against Russia. Germany was involved in another thrilling encounter, which ended in favor of Poland. Marek BADOWSKI, Patryk ZATOWKA and Tomasz TOMASZUK prevailed after being 1:2 down.