The Wegrzyn sisters dominate
The European Youth Championships are the undisputed season highlight for all the great talents in
Europe. All the stars of the scene have proven their skills here at a young age and have
recommended themselves for higher tasks.
This year the European Youth Championships took place in Ostrava, one of the Czech Republic's table
tennis strongholds. There were a lot of andro talents taking part in this event. Especially the German
Juniors selection was in the focus, because four out of five nominated players trust in andro material:
Kirill Fadeev, Daniel Rinderer, Felix Wetzel and defensive artist Dominik Jonack convinced completely
and qualified for the World Junior Championships by winning the bronze medal. Although they will
no longer belong to the Junior class nationally, Dominik Jonack and Kirill Fadeev can theoretically still
participate in this huge event in November in Bangkok.
Unfortunately, two heroes of the team competition made negative experiences in the individual
competition: Dominik Jonack, who was shining with partly outstanding victories, had bad luck and
lost in the first round against Tomas Martinko from Czech Republic, who apparently had no problems
with Jonack's defence. Wetzel even had to give up, because an old knee injury showed up again. No
chance to continue in the next round. Only the best wishes go out to Felix!
Kirill Fadeev, on the other hand, played his way under the last 16, where he lost in four sets to
Poland's Kulczycki, seeded no. 2. Nevertheless: a strong performance of the young left-hander, who
will start his professional career shortly after having passed his Abitur.
Italian top talent Carlo Rossi also made it into the round of the last 16. He also had bad luck there,
because a high-carat Russian, Grebnev, was waiting for him there. Despite his 2:0 lead, Carlo got
defeated with 2:4.
Further outstanding medals for the andro team were won by the European Championship debutant
Tom Schweiger and the Polish Wegrzyn sisters.
Tom, who started in the German Cadet selection, could win bronze in the team as well as in the
Cadets Doubles. A success that is even more impressive when considering that Tom and his partner
Vincent Senkbeil only played side by side for the first time during the team competitions.
Anna and Katarzyna Wegrzyn, Poland's top players, dominated the events in the Girls class. Anna
triumphed in the Girls Singles and won the final with 4:2. Katarzyna won the Juniors Mixed
competition with her partner Simon Kulczycki. Set on position 1, no competitor could hold a candle
to them until the final.