Tin-Tin HO and Karoline MISCHEK clinched gold in DoublesPhoto: Rita TABORDA
BUTTERFLY Under 21 European Championships
Newly crowned champions in the Women’s Doubles Event at the BUTTERFLY Under 21 European championships are Tin-Tin HO of England and Karoline MISCHEK of Austria. In straight games they overcame Anna WEGRZYN and Katarzyna WEGRZYN of Poland (8, 13, 8). Bronze medalists are ZHANG Xuan of Spain and Audrey ZARIF of France and Lisa LUNG and Margo DEGRAEF of Belgium.
In the final despite the straight games win, match was very close.
“We were force to come back few times at this tournament and it helped us to stay focused in the decisive moments today,” said Tin Tin HO.
In the semi final Anna WEGRZYN and Katarzyna WEGRZYN overcame Lisa LUNG and Margo DEGRAEF of Belgium 3:1 (10, 11, -8, 8).
“The pressure was very high. From the beginning of tournament, we tried not to think about the medals. We just gave our best to play on each ball the best we could. However, it was not easy to put it away from your mind. In semis we were 2:0 up and 8:6, before we lost third game. In fourth we were 9:6 down and our coach called for a time out in the right moment. We managed to seal the match against very good Belgium’s pairings.,” explained
Tin-Tin HO of England and Karoline MISCHEK overcame ZHANG Xuan of Spain and Audrey ZARIF of France 3:2 (10, -4, -11, 9, 9).
“It was very hard match, and the pressure was very high. We played well and managed to come back from 1:2 and 1:5,” said Tin Tin HO.
MISCHEK added: ”We are played together only once three weeks ago, but we know each other very well. We trained together in Linz.”