The English Women’s National Team had no problems in the semi-final against Belgium, losing just one set (in the match Laura Massaro – Nele Gilis, finished 3: 1). During the entire Championships, the ladies did not lose a single meeting, they lost only the one mentioned set. Their final rivals, the French, defeated Netherlands in the semifinal quite easily. Asked about strategy for the most important match – the finale, the highest ranked European, Camille Serme says: – We will watch a few Team England matches this evening and prepare our tactics, while I do not want to reveal anything. Certainly our opponents have a more even composition on paper, three players in the top ten PSA World Tour… But always, the match may go in a completely different way, so tomorrow we will certainly do our best!
The French Men’s National Team also made it to the final without much difficulty – losing just one set, in today’s semi-final duel of the two highest ranked players of Europe: Gregory Gaultier and Simon Rösner (3: 1). In the most important match of the Championships the French will face Team England. The English defeated the Spaniards 2:1 after a great battle. First, Tom Richards defeated Carlos Cornes 3: 0, later James Willstrop lost to Borja Golan 1:3, but the victory was saved by Declan James, winning with Bernat Jaume 3:0 – so it was no longer necessary to play the 4th match. – There will be more pressure on the French, they were the ones who defeated us a year ago – said Declan James after the match. Fortunately, we have an equal squad, five strong players, although we will know tomorrow if Nick Matthew will be able to play.
Ladies from Team Poland, thanks to their victory against Team Russia 2: 1, ensured their stay in Division 2. Although Polish ladies will play their last game of this event tomorrow – against Ireland at 9:00 – its result will not affect the stay in the division of any of these teams. Unfortunately, the gentlemen from Polish National Team recorded two defeats today: versus Austria (1: 3) and Portugal (1: 3). This means that regardless of the outcome of their tomorrow’s clash with Slovakia (at 9:00), the Poles will be relegated to Division 3. The national team coach Sjef van der Heijden says, however, that this is not a problem: – Our men’s team is at this moment somewhere between Division 2 and 3. The plan is to prepare a solid team for the Olympic Games in 2024, even if we are going to fall into a lower division for some time. We bet on the young, because I suppose we would drop out with the elders too. I’m satisfied with some of our boys’ games! We also need younger players for the ladies’ team – Karina Tyma is now one of the best junior girls in Europe, but if there are Olympic Games in the plan, we must have more such young girls.
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