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European Youth Championships - 16 Jul 2016

ROSI beat GREBNEV to move to semis

Photo: Robert Valai

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In the Cadet Boys Singles Event at the European Youth Championships in Zagreb two Russia’s representatives fill face the challengers from Italy and Sweden.


In the battles for medal, only Truls MOREGRDH was stretched to full distance in thrilling close game against WANG Chen Xi of Azerbaijan.


“I have no words. My coach told me to put the blocks on table and play top spins against his top spins.  Nothing special was in my mind when he had match points. I knew that only I must put ball on the table. I played smart, that is only secret,” said Truls MOREGARDH.


Tomorow, he will have to repeat same level of play to try to stop Lev KATSMAN of Russia. Russia’s representative beat Bilal HAMACHE of France on his way to semis in five games.


“I played extremely good, on my highest level, especially last game in which I destroyed my opponent. All French players are good, they have good services and it always hard to play against them. But I find the solution for that problem,” said KATSMAN. “MOREGRDH is very fast player. I expect good game tomorrow.”


His teammate Vladimir SIDORENKO beat anther French player Lilian BARDET in six games.


“ I did not start well, maybe because I am a little bit tired. But after first two sets my coach has given me the right tactics. Everything changed from that moment. In fourth game it was 10-10, I was nervous but believed in my serves, in my long top spins. And my coach told me to play aggressive backhand blocks. That was secret to win.”


SIDORENKO will play against Carlo ROSI of Italy, who beat Maksim GREBNEV of Russia.


“I lost against Carlo ROSSI in Italy. Definitely it is going to be good match.”


In the previous Round Lilian BARDET beat KOSOLOSKY of Belgium.


“He is very fast, but I had prepared a good tactics. He can nicely control the ball and has good service, but I played very good. Only in third set I was not in control, but all in all I am satisfied,” said BARDET.


Carlo ROSSI joined him after victory over Franch player CAVAILLE.


“I am better player then my adversary, so I won easily in straight games. I think I am mentally stronger. I stayed focused on the top of the game from beginning to the end,” said ROSSI.


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Top seeds Vladimir SIDORENKO and Maksim GREBNEV reached the medal rostrum. In the semis they will meet Maciej KOLODZIEJCZYK of Austria and Vladislav URSU of Modavia. In second semi final Lilian BARDET and Jules CAVAILLE of France will play against Truls MOREGARDH and Martin FRIIS of Sweden.



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