First day of the championships offered some magnificent futnet matches. Especially the Romanian single player confirmed that he was one of the favourites for victory in this discipline.
It was expected that the competition in singles will be very tough. At the beginning we had 4 basic groups with 3 teams each. Ukraine, Denmark, England and Austria placed as third in their groups and thus later played for 9th to 12th place.
There have been some very nice matches in the basic groups already, for instance Bobis (ROU) vs Vít (CZE). In this highlight of singles basic groups the Romanian player used his accurate and powerful smashes to beat the Czech universal player.
The quarterfinal stage is the boundary between success and failure for most of the teams, especially in singles. First quarterfinal between Ondřej Vít (CZE) and Ladislav Stupák (SVK) was the tightest match so far. Vít was down in the first set (8:11) and for the most of the second one, but at the end of the second set he found new energy and won the dramatic endgame 13:11. Slovak player was a little shocked by this turnover and lost the third set to Vít 11:6. Ladislav Stupák was one of the favourites for medals, but failing in the quarterfinals means that he would play for 5th to 8th place.
Another great battle was seen in the third quarterfinal between Georgel Bobis (ROU) and Aurélien Koly (SUI). Both players are very skilled and fast and so we saw longer sets. Swiss players did his best to beat Bobis, but he showed some excellent futnet and although Kolly played very well in the second set, it was not enough to advance to semifinals. Bobis vs Kolly 2:0 (11:6, 11:9).
Vincent Voisinot (FRA) is also eager for one of the medals and confirmed this in the quarterfinal against Polish single player Marcin Skrydalewicz. French player advanced to medal games after victory 2:0 (11:4, 11:5).
Hungarian Arpád Sipos had probably the easisest way to semifinals, beating the Irish team captain Jamie Mulrooney only three points altogether.
Semifinals - Saturday 14 November:
16:15 CET Czech Republic x France
16:45 CET Romania x Hungary