Bad day for former MD European champions
The start of the competition in the main draw in Mixed Doubles 3:4 (7:11,8:11,11:9,6:11,11:7,11:8,8:11). At the central court pairings that played together again after five years break stretched adversaries from China to full distance after they recovere
At the central court pairings that played together again after five years break stretched adversaries from China to full distance after they recovered from 1:3 in reverse.
“We were in the lead in two opening games. It could be much different if we were not forced to run after their lead. We recovered at 3:3, but we were always one ball in behind,” said KARAKASEVIC.
Ruta admitted:”I did not play at the level I used to in the final game. It is so unlike me, but in the finish I was not at my best. I think I was under stress. In the sixth game, everything went our way. I had no problem at all against YAN. I blocked his strokes, return well. Everything went smooth.”
In the next round Chinese stars were also under pressure against Tomislav PUCAR and Lea RAKOVAC of Croatia. Chinese players were two games down, but recovered to win the match in six games.
Ovidiu IONESCU and Bernadette SZOCS of Romania also booked the place in the third round. They prevailed against CHUANG Chih Yuan and CHENG I Ching of Taipei in six games.
Lubomir PISTEJ and Barbora BALAZOVA of Slovakia accounted for Robert GARDOS and LIU Jia of Austria. Grigory VLASOV and Yana NOSKOVA of Russia eliminated another pairings with gold at the European Championships, Andrei FILIMON and Elizabeta SAMARA of Romania