Europe Cup Women

Moravsky Krumlov won the opening leg against Panathinaikos A.C.

Photo: Courtesy Jaroslav Odstrcilik / Czech Table Tennis Association

The trio from Czech Republic's Moravsky Krumlov overcame Greek Panathinaikos A.C. in the opening leg of the Europe Cup Women quarterfinal. Both legs will be played in Czech Republic.

Mitsuki YOSHIDA opened the match with the victory over Katerina TOLIOU in long five games (6:11, 12:10, 9:11, 9:11, 6:4). In next, Konstantina PARIDI suffered by the hands of Valeriia SHCHERBATYKH (

In last duel Ekaterina CHERNYAVSKAYA overcame Ana TOFANT (11:8, 8:11, 11:9, 11:9).

Return leg will be played tomorrow.

“Playing at home helped us in a huge way. The Greek team was happy to be able to play both matches here, as it had a problem securing a hall. Of course we are also happy because the fans cheered us to the victory. The first singles match was crucial. I believed that defender Aikaterini TOLIOU would play as a No. 1 player and lined up Mitsuki YOSHIDA against her. It was very even, but we managed to get the first point. Then I think that both of our players were better and won with a bang,” said Jindřich BILA, coach TT Moravský Krumlov.