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European Youth Championships - 19 Oct 2016

MADARASZ withstood the pressure to book her place in main draw

Photo: Richard Kalosai

2016 LEBHERR ITTF European Championships


The qualification stages of the 2016 LEBHERR ITTF European Championships concluded today. From tomorrow the top seeds will join 32 qualifiers in both Men’s and Women’s Singles Event.


Aliaksandr KHANIN of Belarus created few upsets on his way to the main draw of the Men Singles Event. In the qualifications he beat all four adversaries and from position no. three in his qualification Group he advanced to Round of 64. Leonardo MUTTI of Italy also succeeded to the top after he accounted for top seeded Daniel HABESOHN of Austria.


Still, junior Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS of Greece booked his place in the main draw. He lost only one duel; against Zolt PETE of Serbia after seven game. Latter he beat both Niagol STOYANOV of Italy and Abdullah YIGENLER of Turkey. Young Darko JORGIC of Slovenia also progressed to the next stage from the top position.


All top seeds in their respective groups in the Women’s Singles Qualifications progressed to the main draw from a top position. The only exception is the Group 19. Kelly SIBELY was not able to justify her status - she was not playing.


Ganna GAPONOVA of Ukraine lost only one game in her four matches, Galia DVORAK of Spain was equally impressive, whilst Britt EERLAND of Netherlands was under severe test against Natalya ALEKSYEYENKO of Russia. The player ranked only at the position no. four in the Group stretched Dutch representative to the full distance.


Dora MADARASZ of Hungary also struggled against Manca FAJMUT of Slovenia, but host nation supporters will have the opportunity see her in action in the main draw tomorrow.


After the play off matches Stephanie LOEUILLETTE of France, Mateja JEGER of Croatia, Leila OLIVEIRA of Portugal and Manca FAJMUT of Slovenia also secured their places in the main draw.

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