Two medals for Slovenia in Men’s SinglesPhoto: Alex LOMAEV
STAG 2017 European Under 21 Championships
Slovenian players Darko JORGIC and Deni KOZUL reserved their places at the medal rostrum in Men’s Singles Event tomorrow on the final day of the play at the 2017 STAG European Under 21 Championships in Russia’s Sochi. Germany’s QIU Dang and Croatia’s Tomislav PUCAR also progressed to the semi final of the Event.
Both today’s singles matches Darko JORGIC of Slovenia concluded in straight games. After SIPOS, Martin ALLEGRO of Belgium was next in line suffer (11-3, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6).
“Speaking about the tactics it was not very hard to made one, since we know each other very well. We played against each other many times. The key point was in my head. I already saw myself as a winner, I knew I am going to beat him,” said JORGIC.” His weak point was his backhand, so I attacked him with the service. “
Few minutes after JORGIC, Slovenia enriched its treasury with another medal. Deni KOZUL beat Tom JARVIS of England (3-11, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 9-11).
“We played against each other two years ago at the Croatia Open, so I was familiar with his game. From the beginning JARVIS could not receive my service well; he struggled. I won easily three opening games, but then Tom played better and that made me nervous. I lost four game before I took the control again,” said KOZUL.
QIU Dang of Germany beat Marek BADOWSKI of Poland (14-12, 11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 4-11, 9-11).
“From the beginning BADOWSKI tried to slow down the game. He was controlling it by forcing me to play by his rhythm. I gave my best to adapt to it. That is why he stretched me to full seven games. However, at the end I was mentally stronger for the finish and that prevailed,” said QIU.
Tomislav PUCAR of Croatia needed six games to overcame his very well know adversary Killian ORT of Germany (8-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-8, 10-12, 10-12, 10-12). “I never lost the match against him, but it is never easy to beat him at the same time,” explained 196 cm tall Croat who admits that his height sometimes help to reach the ball, but sometimes slows him a little.