Spain returned to Elite with the crownPhoto: Elena ELISEEVA
Spain secured the Challenge Division title
Spain secured the Challenge Division title at the Women’s Event at the 2015 LIEBHERR ITTF-European Championships. The three-nil win was recorded against Turkey and in a most impressive manner.
Maria XIAO gave Spain the perfect start by beating Kubra TAN (11-3, 12-10, 11-6), Galia DVORAK followed suit by overcoming Merve MENGE (11-2, 11-4, 18-16), before Sara RAMIREZ ended proceedings by beating Damla UZEL (11-4, 11-6, 11-7).
“Also in the team we have SHEN Yanfei, she played in earlier matches; she adds a great deal of experience to the team”, said Adriana ZAMFIR who like Danny TORRES has been a National Coach for the Spanish Women’s Team for just over a year. “We came here believing we could win and we succeeded.”
Sara have considerable experience, for some five or six months Sara has not played that much but she played recently at the Bulgarian Open and she was well prepared for this tournament.”
A pleased Adriana Zamfir, it was the same reaction from Danny Torres:
“They have a good attitude, they are good friends, they are a team together”, he stressed. “Galia sets a very good example, here her attitude was perfect, she was in good shape, well prepared; it was the same for Maria, she was excellent.”
Success in an impressive manner, it was the very same from the Netherlands in the Men’s Team Standard Division; they beat Moldova by three-matches to nil to secure the title.
Rajko GOMMERS set the Netherlands en route to gold; he beat Denis TERNA in the opening contest (9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5), before Ewout OOSTWOUDER doubled the advantage by overcoming Andrei PUTUNTICA (13-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-2).
Laurens TROMERS defeated Dubrovin VENIAMIN to end matters (11-7, 11-4, 11-9).
In the Women’s Team event, there was no Standard Division.