It was a long day in Glasgow for players and spectators alike, as two rounds of the singles and level doubles were played over 12 and a half hours of play with all five top seeds making the last 8.
The biggest casualty in the men’s singles was the 2nd seeded Dymtro Zavadsky, who lost to Malaysia’s Tan Chun Seang in three games. There were also defeats for the 3rd seeded Dicky Palyama and 4th seeded Henri Hurskainen, with the Swede losing out to the 14th seeded Carl Baxter in the third round. There was little trouble for the top seeded Rajiv Ouseph, who won both matches today without the loss of a game to set up a quarter final against the highest seed left in the draw, the 5th seeded Vladimir Ivanov.
Top Two Into Last 8
Linda Zechiri survived a scare in her opening match of the day against Nanna Vainio but progressed after dropping the opening game and ensured her place in the last 8 with a win over Nicki Chan-Lam of England. The 2nd seeded Larisa Griga also survived a pair of scares in her two matches today also, needing three games to defeat Sabrina Jacquet and then Tanvi Lad in the last 16 to book her place in the quarters against Anu Nieminen, who defeated Ragna Ingolfsdottir to reach the last 8. 3rd seeded Anastacia Prokopenko’s event lasted just 50 minutes with an opening round defeat to Anita Raj Kaur of Malaysia, who then defeated Kim Buss of Germany to reach the last 8.
Scottish Hopes Rest In Doubles
One Scottish pair and an Anglo-Scottish pair are all that the hosts have to support on day 3, with Briggs and Cooper reaching the last 8 of the mixed doubles where they will take on English qualifiers Wolfenden and Smith for a place in the last 4. Pringle and Sankey will take on the 3rd seeds Lee and Obanana in the women’s doubles tomorrow, whilst the top seeded Agathangelou and Olver had little problems reaching the last 8. The top seeded Russian pairing of Ivanov and Sozonov survived a scare in one of the last matches of the day before progressing in three games against Lundqvist and Nordh of Sweden to reach the last 8.
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.