Jules ROLLAND and Lucie GAUTHIER defended their title in Mixed DoublesPhoto: Rémy Gros
2018 STAG European Youth Championships
Jules ROLLAND and Lucie GAUTHIER of France defended their title in the Junior Mixed Doubles Event at the 2018 STG European Youth Championships. In the final they overcame Samuel KULCZYCKI and Anna WEGRZYN of Poland in straight games.
“Last year it was harder. Now we came as no. one. We were severely challenged only in the quarterfinal against Azerbaijan’s pairings,” said ROLLAND.
Only five pairs in history of Youth European Championships managed to maintain their title: TURAI/VOSTOVA (TCH) 1967,1968,1969, STROKATOV/ELMIRA ANTONIAN (URS) 1971,1972, Jörgen PERSSON/NEMES (SWE/ROU) 1982,1983, SAMSONOV/KUSCH (URS) 1988,1989 and cadets SÜSS/Meike ROHR (GER) 2002,2003
ROLLAND and GAUTHIER overcame Maksim GREBNEV and Natalia MALININA of Russia in the penultimate stage.
“We commenced good in the opening game, but latter I think we lost our focus. However, we managed to stay calm and to build up the game,” said ROLLAND.
GAUTHIER added that GREBNEV made their game very difficult with his good backhand on Jules service game.
“We easily prevailed in the opening game, but French pairings raised the level of their game after that
Samuel KULCZYCKI and Anna WEGRZYN prevailed to halt the all French final. They overcame Leo DE NODREST and Camille LUTZ in full distance match.
“We won the opening game, but after that our adversaries found their way back. In the decisive game we though we were safe, bit after 6:1 they leveled. It was very hard,” explained Anna WEGRZYN.
Junior Mixed Doubles
Jules ROLLAND, Lucie GAUTHIER (France) - Samuel KULCZYCKI, Anna WEGRZYN (Poland) 3:0 (11:9, 11:8, 10:12)
Jules ROLLAND, Lucie GAUTHIER (France) - Maksim GREBNEV, Natalia MALININA (Russia) 3:1 (11:5, 12:14, 11:7, 13:11)
Leo DE NODREST, Camille LUTZ (France) - Samuel KULCZYCKI, Anna WEGRZYN (Poland) 2:3 (9:11, 11:7, 15:17, 13:11, 8:11)
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