Champions League Women | 29 Mar 2024

ETIVAL ASRTT reached the final stage of the Champions League Women

Photo: Courtesy Jaroslav Odstrcilik / Czech Table Tennis Association

ETIVAL ASRTT secured their place in the final of the Champions League Women, where they will meet the reigning champions, KTS Enea Siarkopol Tarnobrzeg. The French side recorded a victory against SKST Plus Hodonín in the opening leg in Czechia, but in the return leg, ETIVAL lost after a full five matches.

After almost three hours of play, Marie MIGOT failed to close the match at 2-1 and lost in the decisive fifth match against Natalia PARTYKA. Natalia lost the opening match against Jieni SHAO, but the Portuguese player could not stop Sakura MORI. MORI recorded two wins tonight, also beating MIGOT. In the middle, Camelia IACOB overcame Karin GROFOVA.

In both legs, the atmosphere was fantastic.

"In Czechia we had two very close matches. The atmosphere in Hodonin was amazing. 600 people came, and I know a lot of people there. It was amazing," said MIGOT. "I am proud of my performance and win over MORI. Jieni played a fantastic match against PARTYKA, also very close."

MIGOT then continued with impressions from the second match.

"At home, Camelia played at a superb level, tactically fantastic. It was a turning point; we needed that win. I was not at the top of my game. I am a little sick, but we did it. Here also was great. It was full, 400 people, so warm, so nice; we are all so happy with the success. It was like the handball match. Also, I have to congratulate the team of Hodonin; they made this semi-final great too. And they also lost their luggage, but despite this misfortune, they put up a great fight."

ETIVAL ASRTT - SKST Plus Hodonín 2-3

Jieni SHAO - Natalia PARTYKA 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-5)

Marie MIGOT - Sakura MORI 0-3 (6-11, 5-11, 4-11)

Camelia IACOB - Karin GROFOVA 3-0 (12-10, 11-6, 11-5)

Jieni SHAO - Sakura MORI 1-3 (3-11, 11-6, 6-11, 7-11)

Marie MIGOT - Natalia PARTYKA 2-3 (7-11, 11-6, 13-11, 9-11, 3-6)

SKST Plus Hodonín - ETIVAL ASRTT 1-3

Sakura MORI - Marie MIGOT 2-3 (11-2, 10-12, 7-11, 11-7, 2-6)

Natalia PARTYKA - Jieni SHAO 2-3 (8-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 0-6)

Karin GROFOVA - Camelia IACOB 3-0 (11-2, 11-5, 11-7)

Sakura MORI - Jieni SHAO 1-3 (7-11, 11-3, 9-11, 9-11)