Friday’s programme continued with basic groups and quarterfinals in doubles. French players are in a very good shape in Humenné.
Basic groups also offered several interesting matches. Battle of Romania against Switzerland was the highlight of basic groups. Bobis, Vasile Sorean jr. and Alex Sorean were encouraged by excellent performance of Bobis in singles. On the other hand Switzerland (Gisler, Jaquet, Chapuis) is well known for perfect team work and coordination. It was a very tight battle but Romania had a little more luck in both sets (11:9, 11:9).
Austria, Denmark, Ireland and England did not make it to quarterfinals and later played for 9th to 12th place, with Denmark being the most successful from the four.
The most interesting quarterfinal was the match of Hungary (Harsányi, Gulácsi, Molnár) against
France (Voisinot, Prual, Mercier). French team smashed their opponents 11:6 in the first set, but Hungary won the second one 11:7. The decisive third set was a thrilling drama with a happy end for Vincent Voisinot and his team who won 12:10.
Swiss team fought for semifinals against Czech Republic, but Kop, Rosenberk and Müller were too strong for them (2:0 – 11:6, 11:8). Romania did not give much of a chance to Poland (Skrydalewicz, Fryczk, Kulik) and beat them in two sets (11:6, 11:4). And finally Slovakia (Brutovský, Belko, Stupák) confirmed their hunger for medals in match against Ukraine (Usychenko, Shechuk, Grom) and advanced to semifinals after a smooth two-set victory (11:4, 11:3).
Semifinals – Saturday 14 November
17:15 CET Slovakia x Romania
17:45 CET Czech Republic x France