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Europe Youth Top-10 - 5 Oct 2014

New title for Cristian PLETEA


The winner of the Cadets Singles Event at the European Youth Top 10 in Tours held this weekend is Romania’s Cristian PLETEA. During the three-days competition for the prestige title in youth category, PLETEA recorded wins and defeats. Irvin BERTRAND of Fr

The winner of the Cadets Singles Event at the European Youth Top 10 in Tours held this weekend is Romania’s Cristian PLETEA. During the three-days competition for the prestige title in youth category, PLETEA recorded wins and defeats. Irvin BERTRAND of France clinched silver, whilst Germany’s Gerrit ENGEMANN is third.

The list goes on with Denis IVONIN and Artur ABUSEV of Russia, Rares SIPOS of Romania, Andrei PUTUNTICA of Moldova, Nolan GIVONE of France, Andreas DILLING of Denmark and Tom JARVIS of England.

The member of the L.P.S. Constanca admitted the he had perfect season so far. PLETEA won gold in Mixed Doubles Event, silver in Doubles and Team’s Event at the 2014 European Youth Championships. “I also clinched the titles in France and Italy on junior circuit,” added 14-years old ace.

PLETEA had a bit shaky start in France.“I am not happy with my performance on the first day of the competition. The problem is that we came by car- we traveled 3.000 kilometers to get here,” explained Cristian.

The opening duel against his teammate went on Rares SIPOS’s account. “I lost 1:4 and next two matches I went full distance. I suffered defeat against Denis IVONIN of Russia; it was 3:4, with 9:11 in the decisive game. The next one, against Tom JARVIS of England I won in straight matches.”

On day two, Cristian was once again severely tested. Against Andrei PUTUNTICA he was stretched to full distance. “And again I won that match with 11:9 in last set. I felt better and that was important before the duel against Gerrit ENGEMANN of Germany. Artur ABUSEV came next and I beat him,” explained PLETEA.

The closing day starting with another thrilling seven games duel against Andreas DILLING of Denmark, but he clinched the crown after great victory over Irvin BERTRAND of France. “I had my revenge for the defeat in the quarterfinal of the Singles Event at the European Youth Championships.”

PLETEA proved his well capable to deal with the pressure. “I think my main strength is my mentality. I am brave on crucial points.”

Next stop for youg player is World Cadet Challenge at Barbados. “I go there as the member of the European team. ENGEMANN, ABUSEV and PUTUNTICA will also play. Immediately after that we have Hungarian open, and Junior World Championships. I hope we can make good result in Doubles there.”

Cadet Boys

First round: Artur ABUSEV (RUS) – Denis IVONIN (RUS) 1:4 (10, -9, -8, -10, -8); Rares SIPOS (ROU) – Cristian PLETEA (ROU) 1:4 (10, -8, -9, -11, -8); Gerrit ENGEMANN (GER) – Tom JARVIS (ENG) 4:1 (4, -9, 3, 4, 4); Andrei PUTUNTICA (MDA)- Andreas DILLING (DEN) 4:2 (4, -11, 9, 4, -4, 8); Nolan GIVONE (FRA)- Irvin BERTRAND (FRA) 2:4 (-7, -10, 7, -5, 8, -13)
Second round: Artur ABUSEV (RUS) – Tom JARVIS (ENG) 4:1 (5, -6, 5, 6, 7); Rares SIPOS (ROU) – Andreas DILLING (DEN) 2:4 (-9, -10, 12, -8, 6, -10); Gerrit ENGEMANN (GER) – Irvin BERTRAND (FRA) 0:4 (-11, -4, -6, -8); Andrei PUTUNTICA (MDA)- Nolan GIVONE (FRA) 3:4 (-6, 7, -5, 3, -8, 10, -6); Cristian PLETEA (ROU) – Denis IVONIN (RUS) 3:4 (9, 10, -9, -9, 6, -11, -9)
Third round: Artur ABUSEV (RUS) – Andreas DILLING (DEN) 4:3 (6, -9, -9, 9, 9, -6, 7); Rares SIPOS (ROU) – Irvin BERTRAND (FRA) 0:4 (-9, -12, -9, -5); Gerrit ENGEMANN (GER) – Nolan GIVONE (FRA) 4:0 (9, 3, 8, 11); Andrei PUTUNTICA (MDA)- Denis IVONIN (RUS) 4:2 (-9, 9, 6, 6, -10, 16); Cristian PLETEA (ROU) – Tom JARVIS (ENG) 4:0 (7, 7, 3,4)
Fourth Round: Artur ABUSEV (RUS) – Irvin BERTRAND (FRA) 4:0 (6, 5, 10, 10); Rares SIPOS (ROU) – Nolan GIVONE (FRA)2:4 (-7, -3, 5, -4, 12, -8); Gerrit ENGEMANN (GER) – Denis IVONIN (RUS) 4:3 (-8, 10, -6, 5, -9, 5, 19); Andrei PUTUNTICA (MDA)- Cristian PLETEA (ROU) 3:4 (-5, 9, -9, 8, 5, -3, -9); Andreas DILLING (DEN) – Tom JARVIS (ENG) 4:1 (-10, 6, 14, 7, 7)
Fifth round: Artur ABUSEV (RUS) – Nolan GIVONE (FRA) 4:3 (-10, 9, -5, -7, 8, 9, 8); Rares SIPOS (ROU) – Denis IVONIN (RUS) 0:4 (-3, -11, -7, -7); Gerrit ENGEMANN (GER) – Cristian PLETEA (ROU) 2:4 (-13, -5, -5, 7, 4, -10); Andrei PUTUNTICA (MDA) – Tom JARVIS (ENG) 3:4 (8, 1-, -8, 8, -8, -8, -9); Irvin BERTRAND (FRA) – Andreas DILLING (DEN) 4:3 (-12, -6, 7, -9, 6, 7, 6)
Sixth round: Artur ABUSEV (RUS) – Cristian PLETEA (ROU) 2:4 (-6, -5, 4, 5, -10, -5); Rares SIPOS (ROU) – Tom JARVIS (ENG) 4:2 (6, 7, -10, 4, -7, 5); Gerrit ENGEMANN (GER) – Andreas DILLING (DEN) 4:0 (3, 7, 4, 9); Andrei PUTUNTICA (MDA)- Irvin BERTRAND (FRA) 4:2 (11, 8, -9, 6, -7, 9); Denis IVONIN (RUS) – Nolan GIVONE (FRA) 4:3 (-8, 6, 5, 8, -10, -14, 6)
Seventh round: Artur ABUSEV (RUS) – Andrei PUTUNTICA (MDA) 4:2 (9, -7, 6, 7, 9); Rares SIPOS (ROU) – Gerrit ENGEMANN (GER) 4:2 (8, 6, -8, -7, 8, 8); Cristian PLETEA (ROU) – Andreas DILLING (DEN) 4:3 (6, -5, 4, -8, 1-, -8, 9); Denis IVONIN (RUS) – Irvin BERTRAND (FRA) 0:4 (-9, -8, -6, -7); Nolan GIVONE (FRA) – Tom JARVIS (ENG) 2:4 (-12, 9, 7, -12, -1, -7)
Eighth round: Artur ABUSEV (RUS) – Gerrit ENGEMANN (GER) 2:4 (8, -10, -4, 9, -5, -9); Rares SIPOS (ROU) – Andrei PUTUNTICA (MDA) 4:3 (6, -9, -9, -6, 8, 13, 12); Cristian PLETEA (ROU) – Irvin BERTRAND (FRA) 4:3 (-9, 7, -8, 10, -7, 6, 15); Denis IVONIN (RUS) – Tom JARVIS (ENG) 0:4 (3, 5, -9, 18, 9); Nolan GIVONE (FRA) – Andreas DILLING (DEN) 3:4 (-2, 8, 11, 5, -10, -9, -11)
Nineth round: Artur ABUSEV (RUS) – Rares SIPOS (ROU) 1:4 (10, -8, -7, -10, -8); Gerrit ENGEMANN (GER)- Andrei PUTUNTICA (MDA) 4:1 (-9, 11, 8, 3, 6); Cristian PLETEA (ROU) – Nolan GIVONE (FRA) 0:4 (-11, -5, -7, -9); Denis IVONIN (RUS) – Andreas DILLING (DEN) 4:1 (-6, 9, 5, 5, 9); Irvin BERTRAND (FRA) – Tom JARVIS (ENG) 4:3 (10, -2, 8, -8, 8, -8, 6).

Milica NIKOLIC, EWT

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