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Other Events - 8 Feb 2014

In Lausanne bad day for Romania


It was the day of great disappointed for Elizabeta SAMARA. At the edge of tears she concluded the opening day of the DHS 2014 Europe Cup in Lausanne with two defeats against LIU Jia of Austria and Petrissa SOLJA of Germany. Generally it was bad day for Ro

It was the day of great disappointed for Elizabeta SAMARA. At the edge of tears she concluded the opening day of the DHS 2014 Europe Cup in Lausanne with two defeats against LIU Jia of Austria and Petrissa SOLJA of Germany. Generally it was bad day for Romania. Daniela DODEAN MONTEIRO also failed to post a victory. She lost against Czechs Iveta VACENOVSKA and LI Jiao of Netherlands.

However, we found them on very opposite positions on mood scale. SAMARA was tired and sad, whilst Daniela was full of optimism. “I am so tired. From the beginning of the year all I can remember are airports and planes. I went from one to another event. I need a rest. I need to dedicate serious time to my training. I need to get back in shape. Most of all I need to go home,” said Elizabeta.

DODEAN MONTEIRO recovered from a knee surgery. “I need to play. I am hungry for tournaments. I had doubts before coming here. Doctor told me that I can play, and it was after me to decide how much pain I can take. However, I felt no pain after a long time. I am so happy I am back. I do not mind defeats; the feeling that I am in the arena again is special. Now I want to compete in Kuwait, Qatar..”

Quite opposite to SAMARA’s current state. “For months I was forced to lay down with my knee secured. I was staring at my PC, following where is SAMARA. Now I can finally travel and play again. I want to get back so much. After World Championships in Paris I was absolutely out of the field. This is my job and I want to come back, for me, for my club..”

And you have some extra support? “MONTEIRO was also injured, it affected his rankings, but we gave each other support and I am sure we become stronger after this.”

Top seeded LI Jiao posted two victories, but face great challenge against VACENOVSKA. Player from Czech Republic stretched her to full distance.

Just like LI Jiao, Viktoria PAVLOVICH of Belarus was the creator of her own fate. With two victories over WU Jiaduo of Germany and Rachel MORET of Switzerland, she could wait for the epilog of the Groups stage without any fear. At the ened it was WU who secured quarterfinal as a second in the Group. LIU Jia beat Petrissa SOLJA to join them. Petrissa also progressed to the next stage. Group 4 was lethal for another seed. HU Melek lost against Margaryta PESOTSKA, but needed full five games to beat Georgina POTA. POTA succeeded against Ukraine’s player, so they both booked quarterfinal place.

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