Strong Start for French Players in Men’s Singles at European Championships

Men’s singles

And Toma Junior POPOV (n°25) perfectly negotiated his entry into the competition against Pablo ABIAN (n°62, Spain), 10/21 09/21, it was much more complicated for his little brother Christo (No. 20). The cadet, opposed to his compatriot Alex LANIER (n°48), bows 17/21 19/21. The Norman, solid and rigorous, managed to control his opponent’s game. This defeat for Christo restarts the race between the two brothers. The eldest POPOV must go to the final to get back in front in the “Race to Paris”.

For his first European Championships, Arnaud MERKLE (n°46) won against Danylo BOSNIUK (n°75, Ukraine) 21/19 21/13. A little stressed, the Alsatian took a set to get into the game but was then able to play. He will meet the Irishman NGUYEN (n°43) in the next round.

For Alex LANIER, it will be the local Fabien ROTH (n°86). Ten years separate the two players who faced each other twice for a victory each. Concerning Toma Junior POPOV, he will meet the Dutchman KWEEKEL (n°111).

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Simple dames

Leonice HUET (n°70) opened the ball against Wiktoria DABCZYNSKA (n°125, Poland). The Chambly player, focused on her match, does not let her chance pass, 21/14 21/16. This victory propels her directly into the quarter-finals since she benefits from the double forfeit of her two potential opponents in the 8th round. The French number 1, QI Xuefei (n°56), launched his Euro in the best possible way. The Breton dominated the Estonian KUUBA (n°51) 21/12 21/14. In the next round, she will meet a regular on the European podiums: the Scottish Kirsty GILMOUR (n°26, TDS 4). The two played each other only once and it was Xuefei who won. It was already in Germany last February. Rosy PANCASARI (n°87) also experienced the joys of victory by having a big match against Jenjira STADELMANN (n°67, Switzerland). Under the encouragement of members of her club, ASPTT Strasbourg, she returned to the match after a complicated start and a broken string, to win 10/21 21/18 21/09. Tomorrow she will challenge the Dane Mia BLICHFELDT (n°22).

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Double mixte

Thom GICQUEL and Delphine DELRUE (n°13), who were finally starting their competition, were solid in this first match. In 36 minutes, they dominated the Serbs VITMAN/TOMIC (n°80) 21/17 21/11. Qualified for the quarter-finals, they will meet the pair JANSEN/NGUYEN (n°97, Germany) tomorrow for a meeting where they will still be favorites. On the other hand, the adventure is over for the 2024 French Champions – Tom LALOT-TRESCARTE and Elsa JACOB (n°107) – too fair against the English ELLIS/SMITH (n°27) 16/21 09/21.

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Tomorrow, Wednesday April 11, eight French matches will be on the program. Find the full match schedule here.

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2024-04-11 02:24:50
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