European Youth Championships | 15 Jul 2022
Another title for Flavien COTON in Singles
French player Flavien COTON added another gold to his record. In the final of the Under 15 Boy's Singles Event 2022 Dunav Osiguranje European Youth Championships he overcame Samuel ARPAS of Slovakia (10:12, 6:11, 16:14, 6:11, 11:2, 11:5, 11:5). Lei BALASZ of Hungary and Julian RZIHAUSCHEK of Austria finished third.
“It was 3:1 for Samuel, but I stopped to play in the backhand and I started to play more aggressive. This mach was so close and very stressful,” said COTON.
In the penultimate stage Flavien COTON overcame Lei BALASZ in five games (12:10, 11:9, 10:12, 11:8, 11:7).
“In the team's event we had much closer encounter. I beat him 3:2 but I remembered how difficult it was. How worthy adversary he is, Lei proved gain. I was 2:0 up and 10:5, but he recovered. Then again, at 2:1 and 10:4 he came back. I had to stay 100 percent in the game throughout whole match,” said COTON.
Samuel ARPAS beat Julian RZIHAUSCHEK in other match of the semis (8:11, 12:10, 11:7, 9:11, 11:8,l 11:9).
“I was thinking the match will be a little bit easier, but it proved as very close one. I had to play at my best. In the opening game I was to passive and Julian took full advantage of that. After that I played more aggressive,” said ARPAS.