HIRICI: Both teams will be under pressure
Tigem SC Ankara in Women’s ETTU Cup semis
Tigem SC Ankara beat Russia’s TTC Kazan in Turkey Earlier in March in the opening leg of the Women’s ETTU Cup. Now, they will have harder task to justify their success in Russia.
In the opening leg, Cristina Alina HIRICI won both her matches, against Anna BLAZHKO and Antonina SAVELYEVA.
“I expect, the forthcoming match will be very close and both teams will be under severe pressure. It is going to be very hard to play it. However, we have the huge advantage The opening leg victory burst our self confidence and it will help us there. We will give everything to reach the final”, said HIRICI.
Zoia NOVIKOVA overcame Antonina SAVELYEVA in previous match.
“The match in Russia will be difficult, but I hope, it will be interesting. It will not be easy to play in the new hall. When you play at home, in the conditions you are used to, with many supporters it is a big thing at such level of play,” explained NOVIKOVA.
Manager Salih İNCE was cautious.
“We have won first match at home 3-1. The score line looks nice but we are sure that we can not be relaxed. On this level of event, we must stay focused on each ball. We have seen so many times that even one point could be vital. The match will be very tough. Kazan will perform much better on home soil and we will be prepared for that.”