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European Youth Championships - 17 Jul 2013

DIACONU and CLAPA conquered Europe


Tiny little girls with lion’s strength and great will to fight, Adina DIACONU and Andreea CLAPA clinched the title in the cadet Girls Team’s Event at the European Youth Championships in Ostrava. In the final they overcame France. “It was

Tiny little girls with lion’s strength and great will to fight, Adina DIACONU and Andreea CLAPA clinched the title in the cadet Girls Team’s Event at the European Youth Championships in Ostrava. In the final they overcame France. “It was the final worth it’s name. Four players out of Top 5 were involved. All of them showed great performance. Only the details prevailed,” said coach Marian FILIPAS. And the detail that brought the difference was the coach’s tactics. Every match Romania started with DIACONU.

“No one understood why, but I did it that way. It paid off eventually, despite the fact that in the final Marie MIGOT played that first match against DIACONU. We always had 2:0 and two chances if doubles lose. Adina was our ace in decisive game,” said coach FILIPAS. Before final Romania was under pressure against Serbia.

“It was hard match but you have to expect something like that from the semi final.”

Thanks to agreement that President of the Romanian federation ROMANESCU made with the Olympic Committee both girls will be involved in special Olympic program. “We made special program for them and we hope they will achieve a good result in Rio 2016. They have excellent support. CLAPA will work in Olympic centre in Bistrita, whilst DIACONU will be in Slatina”.

SZOCZ named those girl as her successors… “They have quality that is for sure and that is something they proved already. However we still have to work ion CLAPA’s mentality. She is still very afraid of losing the matches. We need to build up her winning mentality. It is her last cadet year and we do not have much time.”

Milica NIKOLIC, EWT

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