Olav KOSOLOSKY booked his place in last 16Photo: Robert Valai
Cadet Boys Singles Event at the European Youth Championships
Top European players had trouble free path on the eighth day of the play at the Cadet Boys Singles Event at the European Youth Championships; top seeds are safely through to the Round of 16 after two rounds of matches today.
Vladimir SIDORENKO of Russia beat Tomas MARTINKO of Czech Republic in straight games to underline his status and reach Round of 16.
“I found very good tactics; I attacked and won easily. Until second game it was close, but after that everything was in my hands,” said SIDORENKO.
In the lower half of the draw Swede Truls MOREGARDH overcame Sergi GRAU of Spain.
“ I will go to sleep now and hopefully I will rest for tomorrow. It will be very tough, I am still in play in doubles as well, “ said Truls.
Olav KOSOLOSKY of Belgium overcame Mihai NEMUCIUC of Romania.
“NEMUCIUC put the pressure on me, but I am dealing with that very well. I was focused and I calm. Against BARDET of France, tomorrow, I do not expect too much but I beat no. 8 seed so I have self-confidence,” said KOSLOVSKI ranked at the position no. 50 in Europe.
In second round, Vladimir SIDORENKO beat Volodymyr LUSHNIKOV of Ukraine in straight matches, whilst Carlo ROSSI of Italy needed one more to overcame Oliver BOTH of Hungary. By same margin Lev KATSMAN of Russia beat Alberto LILLO of Spain and Truls MOREGARDH overcame Ilia KORTCHINSKI of Belarus.
KATSMAN’s performance justified his status.
“I am not tired. I have energy for the ultimate battles in Zagreb despite the fact that today is eighth day of the competition. The success in Team’s event gave me extra bust of energy,” said KATSMAN.
Maciej KOLODZIEJCZYK of Austria beat Matteo GUALDI of Italy in straight games: “I worked hard to be ready for this Championships. The opening round is always tricky, but I was well prepared. Italian was easy task, the match against THIMON of Sweden will be very tough.”
For Tomas MARTINKO of Czech Republic it was not an easy path at all. He was stretched to full seven games before he succeeded against CATHCART of Ireland.
“I was exhausted in seventh game but I believed in myself. At 14-14 I had a good block, which is my specialty. I was focused and calm, even when I failed to won on neither of four previous match points,” said MARTINKO.
Jan VALENTA of Czech Republic halted the progress of BOGDAN of Romania in five games.
“ The crucial moment was in second game when I changed my services and started to serve in both directions with various of spins. In first set I serve only short, but after that changing the serve and good first topspin become my strength.”