In the pursuit for the Juniors girls title: Russia vs. GermanyPhoto: Rémy Gros
European Youth Championships in Ostrava
Top seeds in the Junior Girls Team’s Event justified their rankings and booked the place in the final at the European Youth Championships in Ostrava. In the ultimate round they will meet Germany.
Russia prevailed against host nation’s representatives, team of Czech Republic. Mariia TAILAKOVA gave Russia solid start of the match. She overcame Linda ZADEROVA in straight games. Zdena BLASKOVA leveled with the victory over Anastasia KOLISH in five games. Elizabet ABRAAMIAN proved too strong for Klara HRABICOVA. It was Mariia TAILAKOVA who finished the match. She overcame Czechs no. one BLASKOVA.
“First match was easy for me. I expected to win it against ZADEROVA. I was more afraid of the second one against Zdena BLASKOVA. I knew how she played and so far it all over matches concluded after we went full distance. I prepared good tactics; played with more spin and it proved as success. I beat her easier than before,” explained TAILAKOVA.
Germany beat France 3-1 on their way to the final. Franziska SCHREINER succeeded against Camille LUTZ before Isa COK showed brave face and beat Anastasia BONDAREVA to level. Sophia KLEE gave Maria CHAPET no chance and prevailed in straight games, just like SCHREINER who beat COK on their second exit to the table.
"I am satisfied with my performance. My main goal for today was to enjoy the atmosphere of the semifinals, because I have never played this stage at European Youth Championships. It was great feeling; I played better game after game and at the end I made two points. I was too nervous to think about tactics, I just tried to play my best. In the final we will face Russia. I think they are little bit better than us but we already beat them before so we will try to make it hard for them," promised Franziska SCHREINER.