European Youth Championships | 15 Jul 2022

Lilou MASSART took the title by the storm

Belgium's Lilou MASSART is the surprise winer of the title at the Under 15 Girl's Singles Event at the 2022 Dunav Osiguranje European Youth Championships. On her way to the top place at the medal rostrum she overcame top seed Bianca MEI ROSU, Nina GUO ZHENG, Josephina NEUMANN and in the final she beat no. two seed Natalia BOGDANOWICZ of Poland (11:6, 11:7, 12:14, 7:11, 11:4, 4:11, 11:7). Josephina NEUMANN of Germany and Veronika POLAKOVA of Czech Republic are third.

Lilou is first ever winner in girls singles for Belgium at the EYC. Belgium had the winner in boy's singles in 1984 and it was Jean Michele SAIVE.

“I did not expect I could win the title here. I am so surprised. It was tough journey in the Belgrade, but the final itself was most difficult,” stated Lilou.

At the beginning of the ultimate day, in the semis, Lilou MASSART continued to dominate. She needed only four games to overcame Josephina NEUMANN (11:8, 11:8, 11:6, 11:4).

“It was important to commence the match good to put it under control from the early stage. After I did it it was easier,” said MASSART.

Natalia BOGDANOWICZ had surprise free semi final. She overcame Veronika POLAKOVA in straight games (11:7, 11:6, 13:11, 11:2).

“It as not that easy as the results predicts. We already met in the Team's event and the outcome was the same, so for sure I was ready for this one,” said BOGDANOWICZ.