Denmark was expected to have little problems on the opening day, but few could have expected the one-sided nature of the 2 ties.
Men’s Team Event
Groups A – C
Denmark were expecting little resistance from Iceland, the favourites delivered with an excellent 5-0 win over the Icelanders. Peter Gade did not play in the match, but with Denmark having two matches on Thursday they will need as many fresh players after a hectic two days previously. Croatia lead Group A after playing two matches today and winning both against Iceland (3-2) and Hungary (5-0). Finland also defeated Hungary 5-0, with the Thursday night match with Denmark potentially determining the Group A winner.
England and Austria both managed 5-0 wins in Group B, Poland also won their match, but only 4-1 against Spain with Wacha being defeated by Pablo Abian. Austria then lost 3-2 to Spain, meaning every team but Lithuania have managed a win in Group B, a group that England tops with their 5-0 win. The Netherlands sit at the top of Group C with a 5-0 win over Greece, failing to drop a game in their victory. Ireland narrowly edged out Estonia 3-2, taking the final doubles match to ensure a win on the opening day.
Groups D – F
Germany started their campaign with a 5-0 win over Bulgaria, with only the second doubles pairing giving up a game to the Bulgarians. Czech Republic defeated Scotland 4-1, with Briggs and Bowman defeating the Kopriva brothers in the final rubber to avoid a 5-0 scoreline.
Sweden and Russia begin Group E with victories; Sweden defeated Slovakia 5-0 to top the group, with Russia winning only 4-1 with Ivan Sozonov retiring in the second game of his match to forfeit his match. France top Group F with a 5-0 win over Portugal, with Ukraine defeating Wales 3-2 after winning the final rubber of their match.
Women’s Team Event
Groups A – C
Denmark destroyed Greece 5-0, conceding just 66 points in 10 games. Tine Rasmussen giving the most points away out of the five rubbers, winning 21-10, 21-8 that was the smallest margin of victory. Czech Republic defeated Estonia 4-1 to take 2nd place in the group, with the top 2 to play tomorrow.
The Netherlands, without Jie Yao still managed a 5-0 victory over Latvia, then the Latvians then lost to Finland 4-1 later in the day. Belgium secured a 3-2 victory over Belarus, with their #1 and #3 singles players teaming up to win the final rubber in the doubles. Belarus bounced back to win their second match of the day, defeating Finland 3-2.
Russia and England both secured 5-0 wins in Group C, but Russia tops the group as they won all 5 matches in two games, whilst England’s final rubber match went to 3 games. The top two play tomorrow evening to settle top spot.
Group D – F
Germany defeated Iceland 5-0, without dropping a game in the process much like the Danish ladies. Sweden bounced back from losing the opening 2 rubbers to win the match 3-2 in a stunning turnaround and will play Germany tomorrow morning to determine who goes top of Group D.
France defeated Poland 4-1 to top Group E after the 4th placed Scotland from 2008 suffered a 3-2 to Ukraine, with the Ukrainians coming back from 2-1 down to win the match. Ukraine play France tomorrow. Bulgaria defeated Hungary 5-0 in an all Eastern European affair, with Wales defeating Slovakia 4-1 to take 2nd place in group F.