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Walbrzych clinched three medals, BLAZHKO repeated success from Geneva

Photo: František ZÁLEWSKÝ, courtesy CTTA

8th European Universities Table Tennis Championship in Olomuc

 

Walbrzych clinched three medals, BLAZHKO repeated success from Geneva

 

8th European Universities Table Tennis Championship in Olomuc

 

The 8th European Universities Table Tennis Championship in Olomouc came to its final phase. Three titles were gained by students from Polish universities, one title was going to Russian Kazan thanks to Anna BLAZHKO.

 

The men´s single final match was an all-Polish battle between Piotrem CHODORSKI and Robert FLORAS (both The Angelus Silesius State School of Higher Vocational Education in Walbrzych). On the way to the final CHODORSKI had a difficult task. He managed to eliminate the tournament´s no. 1 Kirill GERASSIMENKO. In the semifinal he could beat the English Daniel REED, the surprise of the tournament.

 

But the battle for gold was directed by Robert FLORAS who has known CHODORSKI since his youth. He beat his one year older team mate from Poland easily 3:0.

 

„It was a great tournament. I had a great week here in Olomouc. I´m very happy, I really enjoyed it here. And the final against Piotr? The matches against him are always hard, we know each other very well. Today the first two sets were close, the end was in my direction. I´m happy I succeeded at this tournament in Olomouc. Three gold medals, that´s simply great“ said Robert Floras after the final match.

 

The bronze medals from this year´s European Universities Table Tennis Championship were gained by Daniel REED (University of Nottingham) and Gencay MENGE (Marmara University).

 

In the women ´s singles the complete set of medals was clinched by table tennis players from Kazan Innovative University. Anna BLAZHKOVA and Ekaterina GUSEVA were fighting for the gold. Finally 22 years old Anna BLAZHKO has more success. She won 3:0 and repeated her victory from the previous championship in Geneva 2015. Bronze medals were gained by another student from Kazan Svetlana MOKHNACHEVA and Paulina NOWACKA (Dlugosz University in Czestochowa).

 

Anna BLAZHKO cruised through the whole tournament without any problems, even in the final she faced no pressure with her school mate from Kazan university. “The final was going quite smooth “ admitted Anna BLAZHKO and added: “At the previous championship in Geneva it was harder for me to get the title. Here in Olomouc I won everything without being under pressure“ said Anna BLAZHKO who can even at the next championship in Italy get the gold hattrick. 

 

The men´s double was dominated by Pawel FERTIKOWSKI and Robert FLORAS who beat the strong Russian pair Kirill GERASSIMENKO – Ilya ZHIDKOV in five sets. FERTIKOWSKI with FLORAS followed their triumph in doubles at Czech Open in 2013. The bronze medals were gained by Piotr CHODORSKI - Boguslaw KOSZYK (The Angelus Silesius State School of Higher Vocational Education in Walbrzych) and Gencay MENGE - Selim GÜLER (Marmara University).

 

The women´s double was won by Polish girls from Dlugosz University in Czestochowa Paulina NOWACKA and Sandra WABIK. They succeeded against LIU Haoyu - Maria TSAPTSINOS (University of Nottingham) 3:2. At the third position were placed Anna BLAZHKO - Ekaterina GUSEVA (Kazan Innovative University) and Karolina LALAK - Natalia BAK (Kozminski University).

 

The Czech students have not reached for the medals. Closest were Ondrej BAJGER with Michal BENES in the double. The players from Technical University of Ostrava lost  in the quarter final against the Polish pair Piotr CHODORSKI – Boguslaw KOSZYK in the decisive fifth set 9:11. Also Aneta KUCEROVA and Karolina MYNAROVA lost in the quarterfinal against  Paulina NOWACKA and Sandra WABIK from Dlugosz University in Czestochowa. In the women´s singles two table tennis players from hosting Palacký University introduced themselves. Karolina MYNAROVA and Aneta KUCEROVA kept bravely but they both finally lost 1:3. KUCEROVA had even seven set balls against the seeded no. 1 of the tournament Anna BLAZHKKO in the third set but still didn´t manage it to a success. Mynarova lost against Paulina NOWACKA.

 

European Universities Table Tennis Championship 2017

Single and Doubles events

Men’s Singles

Quarterfinal

Kirill GERASIMENKO (Magnitogorsk State technical University) - Pior CHODORSKI (The Angelus Silesius State School of Higher Vocational Education in Walbrzych) 2:3 (8,-4,-6,5,-9), Daniel REED (University of Nottingham) – Boguslaw KOSZYK (The Angelus Silesius State School of Higher Vocational Education in Walbrzych) 3:2 (-12,-8,8,8,7), Gencay MENGE (Marmara University) - Piotr CYRNEK (Rzeszow University of Technology) 3:2 (-13,5,-13,7,6), Ilya ZHIDKOV (Magnitogorsk State technical University) – Robert FLORAS (The Angelus Silesius State School of Higher Vocational Education in Walbrzych) 1:3 (-3,-4,9,-6).

Semifinal

Pior CHODORSKI - Daniel REED 1:3 (-9,6,6,7), Gencay MENGE - Robert FLORAS 1:3 (-7,10,-6,-4).

Final

Pior CHODORSKI - Robert FLORAS 0:3 (-9,-9,-1).

Women’s Singles

Quarterfinal

Anna BLAZHKO (Kazan Innovative University) - Aneta KUCEROVA (University Palacky Olomouc), Yolanda KING (University of Nottingham) - Svetlana MOKHNACHEVA (Kazan Innovative University 3:1 (8,-11,10,6) Karolina MYNAROVA (University Palacky Olomouc) - Paulina NOWACKA (Dlugosz University in Czestochowa) 1:3 (-4,-11,9,-7), Qiwen XIAO (University of Paris 13) - Ekaterina GUSEVA (Kazan Innovative University) 2:3 (-8,12,-5,10,-7).

Semifinal

Anna BLAZHKO - Svetlana MOKHNACHEVA 3:0 (w.o.), Paulina NOWACKA - Ekaterina GUSEVA 0:3 (-9,-8,-7).

Final

Anna BLAZHKO - Ekaterina GUSEVA 3:0 (8,8,8).

Men’s Doubles

Quarterfinal

Boguslaw KOSZYK, Piotr CHODORSKI (The Angelus Silesius State School of Higher Vocational Education in Walbrzych) – Ondrej BAJGER, Michal BENES (Technická univerzita Ostrava) 3:2 (5,-10,8,-10,9).,

Semifinal

Kirill GERASIMENKO, Ilya ZHIDKOV (Magnitogorsk State technical University) – Pior CHODORSKI, Boguslaw KOSZYK (The Angelus Silesius State School of Higher Vocational Education in Walbrzych) 3:2 -9,-6,2,12,9), Gencay MENGE, Selim GÜLER (Marmara University) - Pawel FERTIKOWSKI, Robert FLORAS (The Angelus Silesius State School of Higher Vocational Education in Walbrzych) 0:3 (-9,-5,-1).

Final

Kirill GERASIMENKO, Ilya ZHIDKOV - Pawel FERTIKOWSKI, Robert FLORAS 2:3 (6,-8,-8,8,-8).

Women’s Doubles

Quarterfinal

Aneta KUCEROVA, Karolina MYNAROVA (University Palacky Olomouc) – Paulina NOWACKA, Sandra WABIK (Dlugosz University in Czestochowa) 1:3 (-6,-6,6,-5).

Semifinal

Anna BLAZHKO, Ekaterina GUSEVA (Kazan Innovative University) – LIU Haoyu, Maria TSAPTSINOS (University of Nottingham) 1:3 (-6,-7,7,-11), Karolina LALAK, Natalia BAK  (Kozminski University) – Paulina NOWACKA, Sandra WABIK (University School of Physical Education in Wroclaw) 2:3 (8,-3,-3,9,-8).

Final

LIU Haoyu, Maria TSAPTSINOS - Paulina NOWACKA, Sandra WABIK 2:3 (3,3,-9,-8,-8).

Complete result of European Universities Table Tennis Championship in Olomouc here: http://tabletennis2017.eusa.eu/results

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