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Europe Youth Top-10 - 10 Sep 2017

Cristian PLETEA avenged Portugal’s defeat

Photo: Alan Man

European Youth Top 10 in Worcester

 

 

The defeat in the final of the European Youth Championships in Portugal haunted Romania’s Cristian PLETEA for weeks, but he took the best from the fall and came back stronger. The most anticipated match at the European Youth Top 10 in Worcester, the duel in Junior Singles between PLETEA and European champion Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS of Greece concluded in favor of Romania’s player after only four games. Third is Bastien REMBERT of France, the only player who beat PLETEA in England.

 

“Everybody had their opinion after the final. My head was full of advices, opinions what I should do…I also watched that match for maybe 50 times. I studied every stroke, every point. I gathered coaches, we all analyzed what happened. I was down, but I learned from that fall. I came back stronger. I had more experience, I learned so much,” said PLETEA who plays for L.P.S.N. Rotaru Constanta.

 

He took few days off and continued to work. He was a man on mission.

 

“I did not care about pain in my legs. I was 4 or 5 hours in the hall every day. I trained like I am possessed. I wanted to be ready for this,” admitted Cristian. “I felt bed few days, but I did not let negativity took the best of me. I started to think positive. I was also surrounded by the people who are big experts and who gave me good advices. I have to thank my coaches FILIMON, IONUT, IONASCU. Not only them, I have to thank my family supported me and a man who is like father to me, my great support in life and game STELIAN.”

 

In Worcester PLETEA suffered by the hands of Bastien REMBERT of France.

 

“I shook me up at the beginning, but my coach told me it is not the end of the road. He told me I could win at the end. I cleared my head from the bad thoughts and kept on fighting.”

 

Cristian PLETEA Romania

Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS Greece

Bastien REMBERT France

Irvin BERTRAND France

Gerrit ENGEMANN Germany

Florian CNUDDE Belgium

Tobias HIPPLER Germany

Matteo MUTTI Italy

Rares SIPOS Romania

Joshua BENNETT England

 

 

First Round

Cristian PLETEA Romania - Rares SIPOS Romania 4:1 (11:4, 11:6, 11:7, 0:11, 11:9)

Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS Greece - Joshua BENNETT England 4:0 (11:2, 11:2, 11:3, 11:8)

Irvin BERTRAND France - Bastien REMBERT France 2:4 (3:11, 11:8, 7:11, 11:8, 9:11, 9:11)

Tobias HIPPLER Germany - Gerrit ENGEMANN Germany 4:2 (9:11, 11:9, 11:2, 4:11, 11:7, 11:9)

Florian CNUDDE Belgium - Matteo MUTTI Italy 4:3 (11:8, 11:1, 11:13, 14:12, 8:11, 7:11, 11:5)

Second Round

Cristian PLETEA Romania - Joshua BENNETT England 4:2 (11:2, 11:4, 11:13, 4:11, 11:7, 11:7)

Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS Greece - Bastien REMBERT France 4:1 (11:8, 4:11, 11:6, 11:9, 11:7)

Irvin BERTRAND France - Gerrit ENGEMANN Germany 4:2 (12:10, 11:13, 11:9, 10:12, 11:9, 11:7)

Tobias HIPPLER Germany - Matteo MUTTI Italy 3:4 (11:5, 9:11, 8:11, 11:9, 12:10, 5;11, 5;11)

Florian CNUDDE Belgium - Rares SIPOS Romania 4:1 (11:7, 11:7, 11:5, 7:11, 11:9)

Third Round

Cristian PLETEA Romania - Bastien REMBERT France 2:4 (10:12, 11:7, 11:1, 8:11, 6:11, 6:11)

Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS Greece - Gerrit ENGEMANN Germany 4:1 (11:13, 15:13, 8:11, 11:7, 11:5)

Irvin BERTRAND France - Matteo MUTTI Italy 2:4 (8:11, 13:15, 11:6, 11:6, 12:14, 7:11)

Tobias HIPPLER Germany - Florian CNUDDE Belgium 2:4 (11:7, 11:7, 7:11, 8:11, 9:11, 6:11)

Joshua BENNETT England - Rares SIPOS Romania 2:4 (10:12, 3:11, 3:11, 11:4, 11:4, 7:11)

Fourth Round

Cristian PLETEA Romania - Gerrit ENGEMANN Germany 4:2 (6:11, 11:8, 8:11, 11:9, 11:7, 11:5)

Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS Greece - Matteo MUTTI Italy 4:3 (5:11, 8:11 11:4, 11:8, 9:11, 11:6, 11:8)

Irvin BERTRAND France - Florian CNUDDE Belgium 4:1 (11:7, 11:8, 12:14, 11:6, 11:9)

Tobias HIPPLER Germany - Rares SIPOS Romania 4:1 (13:11, 11:9, 4:11, 11:7, 11:8)

Joshua BENNETT England - Bastien REMBERT France 1:4 (11:9. 5:11, 5:11, 5:11, 4:11)

Fifth Round

Cristian PLETEA Romania - Matteo MUTTI Italy 4:1 (11:9, 11:9, 6:11, 11:9, 12:10)

Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS Greece - Florian CNUDDE Belgium 4:0 (11:6, 11:9, 11:5, 11:6)

Irvin BERTRAND France - Rares SIPOS Romania 4:0 (11:9, 11:4, 11:9, 11:3)

Tobias HIPPLER Germany - Joshua BENNETT England 4:2 (11:8, 11:6, 10:12, 2:11, 11:4, 11:6)

Gerrit ENGEMANN Germany - Bastien REMBERT France 4:2 (11:9, 5:11, 14:12, 11:4, 10:12, 11:7)

Sixth Round

Cristian PLETEA Romania - Florian CNUDDE Belgium 4:0 (11:2, 11:9, 11:6, 11:6)

Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS Greece - Rares SIPOS Romania 4:3 (9:11, 12:14, 11:6, 11:4, 11:7, 11:13, 11:8)

Irvin BERTRAND France - Joshua BENNETT England 4:1 (5:11, 11:8, 11:9, 11:9, 11:5)

Tobias HIPPLER Germany - Bastien REMBERT France 4:1 (11:3, 11:6, 7:11, 14:12, 11:7)

Matteo MUTTI Italy - Gerrit ENGEMANN Germany 3:4 (11:6, 11:5, 9:11, 6:11, 11:5, 11:13, 10:12)

Seventh Round

Cristian PLETEA Romania - Tobias HIPPLER Germany 4:0 (11:6, 11:8, 11:7, 12:10)

Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS Greece - Irvin BERTRAND France 1:4 (9:11, 9:11, 12:10, 8:11, 11:13)

Florian CNUDDE Belgium - Joshua BENNETT England 4:0 (11:0, 11:3, 12:10, 11:8)

Matteo MUTTI Italy - Bastien REMBERT France 1:4 (5:11, 21:19, 5:11, 3:11, 11:13)

Gerrit ENGEMANN Germany - Rares SIPOS Romania 4:2 (11:5, 11:3, 7:11, 7:11, 11:9, 11:5)

Eight Round

Cristian PLETEA Romania - Irvin BERTRAND France 4:2 (11:5, 6:11, 11:9, 11:5, 6:11, 11:5)

Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS Greece - Tobias HIPPLER Germany 4:3 (11:8, 11:6, 11:9, 7:11, 7:11, 9:11, 13:11)

Florian CNUDDE Belgium - Bastien REMBERT France 0:4 (6:11, 7:11, 7:11, 2:11)

Matteo MUTTI Italy - Rares SIPOS Romania 0:4 (8:11, 17:19, 5:11, 9:11)

Gerrit ENGEMANN Germany - Joshua BENNETT England 4:0 (11:2, 11:8, 11:7, 11:2)

Nineth Round

Cristian PLETEA Romania - Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS Greece 4:0 (11:8, 11:5, 11:6, 11:5)

Irvin BERTRAND France - Tobias HIPPLER Germany (11:1,

Florian CNUDDE Belgium - Gerrit ENGEMANN Germany

Matteo MUTTI Italy - Joshua BENNETT England (11:7

Bastien REMBERT France - Rares SIPOS Romania

 

 

 

 

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