The second day of the competition for the title of the best European team brought many significant results. We already know which of the teams will compete for the Championship or possible promotions to the higher division, and which will defend themselves from a relegation.
There were no big surprises in the matches of the favorites of Division 1. Although a day earlier Gregory Gaultier warned that the clash with Scotland may be for him and his colleagues from Team France a tough game, today the French smoothly won 4:0. Tomorrow, they will face the Germans in the semi-final. Team Germany lost 1:3 with the English. This game was definitely the most interesting in today’s male rivalry of the leaders of Division 1. In the first duel, Tom Richards beat Yannik Omlor 3:0 without major problems. In the second one, the German leader Simon Rösner (the sixth in the PSA World Tour ranking) fought Nick Matthew (11th in the ranking). In the first part of the game, Rösner triumphed, the second part was won by the Englishman. After the third, fierce set (victorious for Rösner), Matthew gave the match a walkover. – I had to retreat, I hope that I showed earlier that I can fight on an equal level with the top ranking player. We will see in the morning, if I will be able to play against Spain, it depends on whether health will allow me to – said the Englishman after the meeting. In the next match, James Willstrop needed 5 sets to win against Raphael Kandra. In the last clash, Declan James easily won against Lucas Wirths 3: 0.
Among the ladies from Division 1, Team England defeated the Dutch 3:0 and advanced to the semifinals in which they will face the Belgians. The French also defeated their opponents (Team Wales) 3:0, but the duel between the leaders of both teams – Camille Serme and Tesni Evans – was the most interesting game of today’s women’s competition. In the fifth set, the highest-ranked European woman in the PSA World Tour, Serme, was losing 7: 9 to finally win 11: 9! – Evans had never defeated me yet. She was so close, I think she was already thinking about it and she relaxed too much, and I kept on fighting. It’s also a matter of experience – Serme concluded. Tomorrow France will play against Netherlands.
The Polish ladies were very close to making a nice surprise and defeating the higher-ranked Finland. In the first match Natalia Ryfa lost 0: 3 with Riina Koskinen, but in the second duel young Karina Tyma showed an incredible will to fight – first eliminated a few-point loss in the first set and won, later (despite losing in the second set) she won two consecutive parts 11: 4! In the last, third match, Magda Kamińska fiercely fought in the first set (lost 14:16), but was defeated by Emilia Korhonen 0: 3. Thus, Poland will fight for places 5-8. Their next match is set to be played tomorrow at 12:00 (against Russia). The Polish Men’s team paused today, tomorrow they will play against Austria (at 10:00) and Portugal (at 16:00).
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