Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS at the top of the Europe againPhoto: Rémy Gros
2018 STAG European Youth Championships
Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS of Greece beat Swede Truls MOREGARD to defend his title in Junior Boys Singles Event at the 2018 STAG European Youth Championships. Maksim GREBNEV of Russia and Rares SIPOS of Romania are the bronze medals winners.
In the final SGOUROPOULOS was two games to one down but he recovered.
“It was very difficult match for me, but I am so proud that I won this title two times in the row,” said SGOUROPOULOS.
In semis Maksim GREBNEV of Russia won the opening game against Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS, but after that it was one-way street. SGOUROPOULOS recovered and in close encounter win next four games.
“I had the difficult start. Lost few easy balls. My hand was stiffed; I did not play freely. On the other hand, GREBNEV played on highest level,” explained Ioannis. “After that, coach VATSAKLIS calmed me down, we changed the tactics and it was much better. I stayed close to the table. I di not risk too much, and played much more safe.”
Rares SIPOS of Romania suffered by the hand of Truls MOREGARD.
“This was an amazing victory, I wanted to win this so much since I already was second twice in a row. So it feels good to be in the final again against Ioanis – it will be a good final I think. Playing in such a good atmosphere is just fun. Even if the crowed cheers for him, it is so exciting to play,” said MOREGARD.
Junior Boys Singles
Truls MOREGARD (Sweden) - Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS (Greece) 3:4 (9:11, 12:10, 11:0, 10:12, 9:11, 11:9, 7:11)
Maksim GREBNEV (Russia) - Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS (Greece) 1:4 (11:8, 8:11, 7:11, 8:11, 9:11)
Rares SIPOS (Romania) – Truls MOREGARD (Sweden) 1:4 (11:8, 7:11, 7:11, 11:13, 13:15)
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