STROCK shakes ECLW Group BPhoto: Courtesy ITTF
Austrian club beat at home Szekszard 3:2 to preserve its chances for the quarter-final. All three teams could have 2-2 score after final round
Austrian SVNO STROCK went through very exciting moments in the ECLW Round 5, defeating at home Szekszard AC 3:2. The 2012/13 ECLW runner-up needed victory to preserve its chances for the quarter-final, but Hungarian side had advantage after first three matches. Matilda EKHOLM was STROCK`s hero, as she beat in four sets both, LI Fen and Dora MADARASZ. Swedish player had two turning points, one in each encounter, when she managed to win third sets by narrow margin.
In the first two matches, host players met two former STROCK members. First, Tetyana BILENKO was beaten by Petra LOVAS in straight games, then Matilda EKHOLM overcame LI Fen in four sets. Swede won third set (16:14) after many exciting moments and that improved significantly her self-confidence.
YANG Yu secured new lead for Hungarian team, as she beat Croatian rising star Lea RAKOVAC. BILENKO defeated LI in straight games to level the score on 2:2, after very intense second set in which guest managed to save two set balls.
Finally, Matilda EKHOLM prevailed against Dora MADARASZ in four sets. Hungarian player refused to give up at 1:1, 10:8, making two points in a row, but host replied in same way to secure new advantage.
After Round 5 all three teams in the Group B have chances to progress to the quarter-final. Current standings is: STROCK 2-2 (8-8), Cartagena 2-1 (6:5), Szekszard 1-2 (6-7). If Szekszard beat Cartagena in the Round 6, all three would have two wins and two losses, so in that case set-ratio would decide the final standings.
ECLW Round 5, Group B
SVNO STROCK – Szekszard AC 3:2
Tatyana BILENKO – Petra LOVAS 0:3 (8:11, 12:14, 6:11)
Matilda EKHOLM – LI Fen 3:1 (8:11, 11:3, 16:14, 11:8)
Lea RAKOVAC - YANG Yu 0:3 (11:13, 5:11, 8:11)
Tetyana BILENKO – LI Fen 3:0 (11:8, 12:10, 11:3)
Matilda EKHOLM – Dora MADARASZ 3:1 (11:6, 7:11, 12:10, 11:3)