Russia meets Germany in the Final
Japan's girls could not celebrate today, after been defeated easily by an assured Russian team that was determined to come out on top. Ksenia Kirilova scored a 62 76(6) win against Risa Ozaki, and Daria Gavrilova repeated the achievement, beating Akiko Omae 64 64.
Kirilova admitted “It was hard because I’m tired. I tried to focus on every single game”.
German Stephanie Wagner beat the Slovak Vivien Juhaszova 63 64 in the opening rubber of their semifinal. In the second singles Annika Beck, ran into trouble against Slovak Republic’s No.1, Jana Cepelova, who won 75 36 62.
The doubles was a very long, agonising match, that ended up with German celebrations, as they came through 60 67(3) 62. Although Germany won the first set with little drama, in the second the Slovaks recomposed themselves and forced a tiebreak with some truly impressive forehands from Chantal Skamlova and Vivien Juhaszova.
The Slovak squad support to each other throughout. When they are not on the court they cheer for their team from the stands.
Anna-Lena Friedsam was happy after defeating the Slovaks, saying “the match was great. Stephanie played wonderful. We played fast”.
Tomorrow they take on Russia: “I will rest in the hotel with the other girls" said Friedsam. "We will have a good breakfast in the morning and I hope we play very well”.
Wagner had a stunning performance today and commented “I won my singles and the doubles. I’m happy, I cannot believe it!”. Kindly signing balls and posing with a good number of fans, she highlighted the warmth of the local audience. “They are sitting down around the court and tell us Come on!! It was very nice”.
Interview with Stephanie Wagner (GER)
Interview with Knesia Kirillova (RUS)