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European Championships - 11 Mar 2018

Title in Doubles for Ibrahim GÜNDÜZ and Abdullah YIGENLER

Photo: Vladimir ZDANOVICH

2018 BELGOSSTRAKH European Under 21 Championships


Turkey’s Ibrahim GÜNDÜZ and Abdullah YIGENLER clinched the title in the Men’s Doubles Event at the 2018 BELGOSSTRAKH European Under 21 Championships. In the final they overcame Patryk ZATOWKA and Marek BADOWSKI of Poland (8:11, 11:9, 3:11, 9:11).


“It was all about the control. The Polish pairings attacked, but we maintained the control over the match and had the answer to their game,” said Ibrahim.


Abdullah YIGENLER added: “The whole tournament was hard for us, with each match bringing new surprises and new experience. I think we have known from the very beginning of the Championships that we could make it to the top. We always play together, and our strategy evolves with each game. We may admit right away that the final match with the Polish players was the hardest one. ZATOWKA and BADOWSKI produce tricky services that are not easy to return, so we had to try our best to beat them. In the end, we are the champions.”


Quarterfinalists from Sochi Patryk ZATOWKA and Marek BADOWSKI beat Tomas POLANSKY of Czech Republic and Dennis KLEIN of Germany (11:7, 7:11, 12:10, 11:7) on their first exit to the table today.


“We ca not say we were nervous in the beginning of the match, although our rivals are top seeded in Doubles, and POLANSKY is No.1 seeded in Singles. We simply did not think about it, we just played our game. When we started losing points at some moment, the only thing to matter was to focus on the quality of our play. This was our tactics, and we imposed it successfully,” said Patryk ZATOWKA.

Turkey’s Ibrahim GÜNDÜZ and Abdullah YIGENLER beat Konstantin CHERNOV and Artur ABUSEV of Russia (5:11, 11:7, 11:8, 11:6) in the semi final.



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