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16 | 04 | 2021

Five nations in ROMSTAL EMDC quarters

In tomorrow’s quarterfinal of the ROMSTAL European Mixed Doubles Championships SAMARA and FILIMON will meet BAYBULDIN and BYKOVA, BACIOCCHI and PICCOLIN will play against PISTEJ and BALAZOVA, GAVLAS and STRBIKOVA will play against MUNTEANU and HIRICI and OBESLO and MATELOVA will meet SZOCS and POSTOACA.

Champions Elizabeta SAMARA and Andrei FILIMON of Romania booked their place in the quarterfinal of the ROMSTAL European Mixed Doubles Championships. In Group A, however, there was some surprises. Zoltane PETE and Aleksandra RADONJIC of Serbia failed to justify their rankings and in direct duel for the second position lost their match against Lucian MUNTEANU and Cristina HIRICI of Romania. Huseyin DURMAZ and Damla UZEL of Turkey finished the day at the position no. four.

Hunor SZOCS and Camelia POSTOACA of Romania emerged as a Group winners, whist favorites Pavel PLATONOV and Alexandra PRIVALOVA of Belarus failed to reach the quarters. Andrey BAYBULDIN and Mariia BYKOVA of Russia progressed further from position no. two.

Lubomir PISTEJ and Barbora BALAZOVA justified their rankings and preserved top position in Group C unbeaten in four rounds. Constantin CIOTI and Iulia NECULA of Romania failed to do the same and Michal OBESLO and Hana MATELOVA of Czech Republic secured their place in quarters. They lost only against PISTEJ and BALAZOVA.

Alessandro BACIOCCHI and Giorgia PICCOLIN of Italy did not expect they will reach second position in the Group and place in the quarterfinal, but it was not the only upset in Group D. Top seeds Ovidiu IONESCU and European junior champion Bernadette SZOCS lost their duel against Italian pairings for the place in quarters in the last round. Antonin GAVLAS and Renata STRBIKOVA of Czech Republic took full advantage of that situation and finished the day on spot no. one.


by Milica NIKOLIC, EWT