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Denmark Dominates European Field

Group A – Winners: Denmark

Their record to date stands immaculate, four 5-0 victories to the loss of just one game. All without even fielding Peter Gade. They are the nation to beat in this competition without a doubt and haven’t even been tested en route to the semi final after a rest day on Thursday.

Group B – Winners: Poland

Thursday night seen the winner-take-all match between Poland and England for a place in the knockout stages, after two tight three game encounters left Poland 2-0 up, Hubert Paczek completed the job in a two game victory over Carl Baxter. Poland next two games were marred by retirements in both games, with the last rubber match with Rafal Hawel leading after winning the first game.

Group C – Winners: Netherlands

The Dutch progression to the knockout rounds never looked in jeopardy, but their only two losses have both came from their #1 singles player, Rune Massing. Who will need to improve in order to defeat the Group F winners.

Group D – Winners: Germany

Germany’s progression was sealed in impressive fashion, with three 5-0 victories to the loss of just 2 games. With the singles players in excellent form ahead of their quarterfinal clash with Russia.

Group E – Winners: Russia

The Russian doubles have been unbeatable in group stage action, and their only defeats have come in the singles, Ivan Sozonov has not returned to action since his opening day retirement against Italy.

Group F: Winners – Ukraine

The Ukraine’s closest match came on the opening day in a 3-2 win over Wales, after trailing 2-1. Two 4-1 victories secured Ukraines place in the knockout round against the Netherlands.

Women’s Event

Group A – Winners: Denmark

Played 3, Won 3. Played 15 Games, Won 15. The Danish women are putting down a real marker that they are here to retain their title from 2008. They will have a rest day tomorrow before taking on the winner of Germany and Bulgaria.

Group B – Winners: Netherlands

For 20 minutes, Belgium was level with Netherlands 1-1 in their final group match and the Dutch qualification was under threat. They rallied back to win the next three and win the match 4-1 to ensure their place in the knockout round.

Group C – Winners: Russia

A rare outing for Nina Vislova in singles ensured Russia’s 4-1 victory over England to progress into the knockout stage, with their second doubles pairing loss in the final match being their only defeat in the group stage.

Group D – Winners: Germany

Only Karin Schnasse’s loss to Carolina Marin stops Germany going into the knockout stage with a perfect record. Juliane Schenk has been in fine form in the three singles matches to date.

Group E – Winners: Scotland

Scotland are the only nation in the knockout stage to have lost a match but still progressed. Susan Egelstaff posted her first victory of the event today against Anna Narel whilst Mason and Bankier have gone unbeaten in all three matches.

Group F – Winners: Bulgaria

Three 5-0 victories will ensure that the Bulgarians are not taken lightly in the knockout stage, as Germany will find out tomorrow. Bulgaria in 30 games of action have allowed just 297 points, under 10 points a game.

Knockout Stages:

Men’s Quarter Final

Germany vs. Russia

Projected Line-Ups

Zweibler vs. Malkov

Domke vs. Ivanov

Reuter vs. Pukhov

Schoettler/Hopp vs. Durkin/Nicolaenko

Kasbauer/Hoth vs. Dremin/Pukhov

Russia’s key to success if that they have to take one of the singles and go into the doubles, Zweibler and Malkov met in the 2009 Scottish Open where Zweibler won comfortably. The longer the match goes on, the better the chances are that the Russian’s will win as Durkin/Nicolaenko are one of the top partnerships in Europe at the moment.

Netherlands vs. Ukraine

Projected Line-Ups

Massing vs. Zavadsky

Oey vs. Atrashchenkov

Afif vs. Druzchenko

Ridder/Oey vs. Konov/Zavadsky

Arands/Khodabux vs. Atrashchenkov/Druzcenko

Ukraine need to take advantage of Massing’s form in the group stages, this is a match that Ukraine need to win early as most of their players are playing two matches and fatigue could be a defining factor.

Women’s Event

Germany vs. Bulgaria

Projected Line-Ups

Schenk vs. Nedelcheva

Schnasse vs. Zechiri

Deprez vs. Popstoykova

Overzier/Marinello vs. Nedelcheva/Popstoykova

Neite/Goliszewki vs. Dimova/Zechiri

This could be the closest match tomorrow, with the potential of this going down to the final rubber as real possibility. It could come down to who wins 2 of the 3 singles matches.

Scotland vs. Russia

Projected Line-Ups

Egelstaff vs. Diehl

Sloan vs. Bibik

Gilmour vs. Prokopenko

Mason/Bankier vs. Vislova/Sorokina

Cooper/Sloan vs. Pollikarpova/Prokopenko

Scotland will need another inspired performance from Susan Egelstaff to defeat Ella Diehl like in the 2009 Scottish Open, Emma Mason lost out to Sorokina and Vislova in the women’s double final in the Scottish Open last year. The match could be in the hands of 16-year old Kirsty Gilmour as Russia haven’t settled on their #3 singles player. Scotland need at least two singles victory to stand a chance.

Thursday’s complete results

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