Great win for FANBO MengPhoto: Rémy Gros
2018 STAG European Youth Championships
Two big favorites in Junior Girls and Junior Boys Singles Event exited earlier then their rankings predicted at then 2018 STAG European Youth Championships. Silver medalists from last year in Guimaraes Cristian PLETEA of Romania and bronze medalists Mariia TAILAKOVA of Russia suffered defeats in the third round of the Junior Singles.
Cristian PLETEA lost against FANBO Meng of Germany in seven games (-5, 5, 8, -8, -9, 9, 9). Christina KALLBERG of Sweden needed one game less to beat TAILAKOVA (3, -5, -7, 6, 8, 8).
“I do not know what to say. Compared to the game in the teams competition, I played a lot more consistent and better. In addition, my performance was tactically outstanding. Besides, my game was very disciplined and structured. I have made only a few slight mistakes,” said FANBO.
In Junior Girls Event Romania still can count on Andreea DRAGOMAN who beat Germany’s Laura TIEFENBRUNNER to reach the Round of 16 and to Tania PLAIAN who succeed against Natlia GRIGELOVA of Slovakia. In Junior Boys at the top of seedings Rares SIPOS is unbeaten. He overcame Alberto LILO of Spain to reach the Round of 16.
Top seed in the cadet Boys Singles Event Maciej KUBIK is safely through to the Round of 16. In third Round he overcame Max HEDBOM of Sweden.
Ivor BAN of Croatia was very confident before he met Filip DELINCAK of Slovakia after the victory over Tan ISRAELI of Israel.
“This match was very good, I played very good. There were a lot of balls on the table, maybe I served bad, but I tried to put the ball back on the table after the serve and it went good. Against Filip DELIONCVK I played before and I always won,” said BAN.
However, this time it was different. BAN suffered by the hands of Slovak in seven games.
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