Czech joined reigning champions on their way to quartersPhoto: Elena ELISEEVA
Germany concluded the Group stage undefeated
Undefeated in Russia, reigning champions, team of Germany secured their place among top eight teams in the Women’s Teams Event at the 2015 LIEBHERR European Championships in Ekaterinburg. On the second day of action in Russia Germany overcame Belarus and Slovakia. Day earlier they prevailed against Czech Republic. Czech team finishes second and they will also play in quarters.
In the last Group match the only defeat for Germany came from Barbora BALAZOVA. She overcame HAN Ying in five thrilling games.
“We lost the opening match, but we are not surprised. We know it is going to be difficult one. Barbara is in our training center and she practice very often with us. In addition she plays very well against the players with defensive style. However, we rather accept the defeat now, then in the later stages,” said coach Jie SCHÖPP.
Sabine WINTER beat Eva JURKOVA, Petrissa SOLJA received walk over in the match against Lucia TRUKSOVA and HAN beat JURKOVA in the final game.
In the second round, earlier today, represented by Irene IVANCAN, Petrissa SOLJA and Sabine WINTER; Germany overcame the Belarus trio of Daria TRIGOLOS, Katsiaryna BARAVOK and Alexandra PRIVALOVA by three matches to nil.
“I am feeling well here in Russia. Most of the difficulties are coming from the time difference. I am little bit sleepy, but the things are getting better. Also, my game is improving as the Event progressed so I am very satisfied. Yesterday I was not that good, but it was enough for the first day,” said Petrissa SOLJA.
Czech Republic also acconted for Belarus, after Iveta VACENOVSKA, Renata STRBIKOVA, Hana MATELOVA beat the Slovak Republic with Barbora BALAZOVA, Eva ODOROVA, Eva JURKOVA.
That match attracted a lot of attention as old rivals meet once again.
“Recently I played against Eva ODOROVA at the European Games in Baku, It was close match as ever. In addition, it was usual scenario like every time we meet. We had a slow start and then, after third game the real battle develop. This time was not the exception. Unfortunately, Eva was better in the finish of the match, but she is a big fighter and you can always expects that from her,” said Renata STRBIKOVA.
Iveta VACENOVSKA added:“The great confidence for our victories we got from our team spirit. We know we are strong as a team and no meter if someone lose one match it is not the end of the World. The next teammate could win. ”