Tournament favorites Germany will compete Romania in gold medal match during last day of tennis table team tournament in European Games Kraków – Małopolska 2023 at 14:30 on Saturday in Hutnik Arena in Kraków. Portugal will play France for bronze medal at 11.
Germany dominated the first semi final.
“We performed better than yesterday against Sweden. SHAN Xiaona‘s match was a bit closer, but it was her first singles match here in Kraków. She should have another singles match before the final,” said coach Tamara BOROS.
HAN initially had complete control in her match against YU Fu, but the Portuguese player managed to put pressure in the later stages.
“The first two games were not too challenging as YU Fu didn’t display a high level of play. However, she improved as the match went on, and I’m glad I was able to secure the victory,” said HAN Ying.
Three out of the four games in the match between SHAN Xiaona and SHAO Jieni were decided by the narrowest of margins.
“Jieni performs exceptionally well against me – I’ve won by a slim margin every time. I always have to engage in numerous rallies against her. From a tactical standpoint, I should have focused more on ball placement rather than playing every shot too tightly,” stated SHAN.
Portugal (4) – Germany (1) 0-3
Ines MATOS, SHAO Jieni – Nina MITTELHAM, SHAN Xiaona 0-3 (5-11, 6-11, 7-11)
YU Fu – HAN Ying 1-3 (6-11, 4-11, 11-6, 7-11)
SHAO Jieni – SHAN Xiaona 1-3 (7-11, 12-10, 13-15, 12-14)
Romania defeated France to secure their place in the final of the European Games Kraków – Małopolska 2023. After a shaky start in the doubles, Romania regained control in the singles matches.
“Adina and I didn’t have much chance to practice together, but despite that, we played a good match. It was close,” stated Elizabeta SAMARA.
“Bernadette SZOCS displayed the same level of performance as she did in the first part of the tournament when she won gold in singles. Firstly against YUAN Jia Nan and then against Prithika PAVADE, she led the team to success in the semifinals.”I’ve always had close matches against YUAN. At the beginning, I was trailing 2-3, but then I managed to win 3-2… However, this is the first time I’ve won in straight matches,” said SZOCS.
The match against PAVADE proved to be a closer affair than the one against YUAN.”I’ve never played against PAVADE before, so I needed some time to settle into the rhythm.
“Next in line is Germany, the team that defeated them four years ago in Minsk in the final.
“I hope we can avenge our defeat from the last final. Both SAMARA and I have beaten their best players in singles. Eliza overcame HAN Ying, and I prevailed against Nina MITTELHAM here. I hope we can replicate the success once again in the team event,” said SZOCS.
Romania (2) – France (3) 1-3
Adina DIACONU, Elizabeta SAMARA – Prithika PAVADE Camille LUTZ 2-3 (9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 9-11)
Bernadette SZOCS – YUAN Jia Nan 3-0 (12-10, 11-6, 11-9)
Elizabeta SAMARA – Camille LUTZ 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-3)
Bernadette SZOCS – Prithika PAVADE 3-1 (11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7)