Vladimir SIDORENKO defended his crownPhoto: Carlos FERREIRA
STAG 2017 European Youth Championships in Portugal
For a second time in the row Vladimir SIDORENKO of Russia clinched the gold in the Cadet Boys Singles Event at the STAG 2017 European Youth Championships in Portugal. In the final he overcame Truls MOREGARDH of Sweden. Bronze medal winners are Samuel KULCZYCKI of Poland and Maksim GREBNEV of Russia.
SIDORENKO faced very strong adversary in the final of the Event.
“Truls had advantage. I was always in reverse against him, he was the one who set the lead. It was so hard for me to defend the title. It was even harder then to won it first time,” said SIDORENKO.
On his way to the fourth final SIDORENKO overcame Samuel KULCZYCKI of Poland.
“I already succeeded against him in the Team’s Event, so I knew how to prepare the good tactics. The second game was important, I recovered and won it by narrow margin,” said SIDORENKO.
Once again MOREGARDH had a slow start at the Championships. Maksim GREBNEV of Russia had 3:1 advantage before Swede got wake up call and move to another gear.
“I can not be very unhappy with my game, the point is that Maksim played very well. I had a tactics for him, I prepared myself, but he showed extra class. His game was errorless and he put every ball to the table. I had to wait for my moment,” said MOREGARDH.
Vladimir SIDORENKO (Russia)- Samuel KULCZYCKI (Poland) 4:2 (8:11, 11:9, 11:7, 8:11, 11:6, 11:5)
Truls MOREGARDH (Sweden) - Maksim GREBNEV (Russia) 4:3 (3:11, 11:6, 4:11, 4:11, 11:6, 13:11, 11:7)
Vladimir SIDORENKO (Russia)- Truls MOREGARDH (Sweden) 4:2 (7:11, 7:11, 11:9, 11:7, 11:5, 15:13)