Tin Tin Ho succeeded to medal in ZagrebPhoto: Robert Valai
Junior Girls Events
Top seed Adina DIACONU showed no mercy on her way to the medal rostrum in the Junior Girls Singles Event at the European Youth Championship in Zagreb. In the semi final she overcame Eline LOYEN of Belgium in six games.
Belgium’s player showed brave performance.
“I did not expect to play against her in the quarters. On her way she beat really good Daria TRIGOLOS. The pressure was on me; she is the type of player who does not give easy points and her game is mistakes free,” said DIACONU. ”After 1:1, I won third game and that was important moment.”
Adina will meet ZHANG Xuan Xu of Spain in the semi final.
“It is first time that I beat Maria MIGOT. It was difficult to play seven games for me. So far, I never managed to beat Adina, but I hope it will be interesting match,” said ZHANG.
Tin Tin HO of England demonstrated the power. She beat Audrey ZARIF of France in straight games.
“ I just wanted to play at my best level. It was important for me to put the ball on the table and to forget about everything else, “ said HO.
HO will meet JING Ning of Azerbaijan in the semis. JING maintained her patience to overcame defending skills of Maria MALANINA of Russia.
In the Round of 16 Eline LOYEN of Belgium upset the ranking order. Number 15 seed overcame Daria TRIGOLOS of Belarus seeded no. 5.
“We met for a first time, but I did not have any problem to deal with her famous tricky service game. I had an answer to it. I started very well, with 2:0 in an easy way, but then I suffered from lack of focus in the third game, so I lost next two sets. I recovered luckily to finish the match in six games,” said LOYEN.
Junior Girls Doubles Event
In semi final of the Junior Girls Doubles Event Maria MALANINA and Daria CHERNORAY of Russia faced early exit after their duel against Lisa LUNG and Eline LOYEN of Belgium.
“We played smart, that was the key. Good tactics opened the door to our win. Also, Russian girls may be tired after a lot of matches. I am so happy; this is first medal for me. We play together for a long time,” said Eline LOYEN.
They will meet ZHANG Xuan Xu and Ana GARCIA of Spain.
“This is first time we play together, because my doubles partner is ill. After we won the first game we saw the chance to win. Izabela LUPULSKU and Andrea KLAPA are good players, they are always in the last stages of the every tournament; it was very hard. But our tactics was good, we played smart. Result was close but we had strength in crucial moments” said GARCIA.
In the lower half of the draw Marie MIGOT and Oceane GUISNEL of France emerged successfully in the quarters to meet second seeds Adfina DIACONU and Andreea DRAGOMAN of Romania.