Sporting Digest: Table Tennis

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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (Birmingham): MEN: Team event semi-finals: France 4 Germany 3; Sweden 4 England 1 (T Von Scheele bt Chen Xinhua 14-21 21-18 21-18, J-O Waldner bt C Prean 21-17 17-21 21-13, P Karlsson lost to M Syed 21-7 22-24 18-21, Waldner and E Lindh bt Prean and A Cooke 21-18 21-19, Waldner bt Chen 12-21 21-16 21-3). (matches to decide final team event places): 5-6: Hungary 4 Russia 0. 7-8: Belgium 4 Poland 3. 9-10: Czech Republic 4 Netherlands 1. 11-12: Austria 4 Greece 0.

13-14: Italy 4 Slovenia 2. 15-16: Slovakia 4 Turkey 0. 17-18: Romania 4 Denmark 2. 19-20: Croatia 4 Finland 0. 21-22: Belarus 4 Bulgaria 1. 23-24: Spain 4 Ireland 1 (V Sanchez bt G Boyle 21-8 21-15, J Sevilla lost to C Slevin 19-21 10-21, D Torres bt A Dennison 16-21 21-11 21-12, Sanchez and Torres bt Slevin and Dennison 21-17 21-10, Sanchez bt Slevin 21-18 21-16). 25-26: Israel 4 Ukraine 3. 27-28: Armenia 4 Wales 1 (S Vardanian bt S Ward 21-19 21-16, S Sargissian lost to N Tyler 14-21 21-15 14-21, A Djavadian bt R Jenkins 21-16 21-14, Vardanian and Djavadian bt Tyler and Ward 21-12 21-18, Vardanian bt Tyler 21-14 21-13). 29-30: Scotland 4 Estonia 2. (Sco first): (J Broe lost to I Solopov 5-21 7-21, E Walker bt T Puntso 14-21 21-8 21-15, I Stokes bt A Sikk 21-15 21-10, Stokes and Walker bt Solopov and Sikk 22-20 14-21 21-18, Walker lost to Solopov 5-21 10-21, Stokes bt Puntso 21-9 21-17). 31-32: Switzerland 4 Bosnia-Herzegovina 2. 33-34 Luxembourg 4 Portugal 0. 35- 36: Lithuania 4 Latvia 0. 37-38: Norway 4 Iceland 0. 39-40: Cyprus 4 Malta 1. 41-42: Liechtenstein 4 Geogia 2; 43-44 Isle of Man w/o Albania.

WOMEN: Final: Russia 4 Germany 1. (matches to decide final team event places): 3-4: Hungary 4 England 0 (V Ello bt L Lomas 21-15 21-23 21-18, C Batorfi bt A Holt 23-21 22-20, K Toth bt A Gordon 21-19 22-20. Batorfi and Toth bt Lomas and Holt 21-17 21-12. 5-6: Romania 4 Italy 3. 7-8: Sweden 4 France 1. 9-10: Croatia 4 Belgium 0. 11-12: Netherlands 4 Slovakia 2. 13-14: Ukraine 4 Czech Rep 3. 15-16: Austria 4 Bulgaria 3.

17-18: Slovenia 4 Lithunia 1. 19-20: Armenia 4 Greece 2. 21-22: Poland 4 Israel 1. 23-24: Finland 4 Spain 1. 25-26: Scotland 4 Estonia 2 (J Smith bt P Hiiu 21-11 21-18; S Hurry lost to K Marks 19-21 15-21; L Robb lost to K Kallast 5-21 12-21; Smith and Hurry bt Hiiu and Marks

21-18 21-18; Smith bt Marks 21-17 21-13, Hurry bt Kallast 21-13 21-7). 27-28 Denmark 4 Norway 3. 29-30: Belarus 4 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1. 31-32: Latvia 4 Wales 3. Details (Latvia first): (S Sveile lost to N Williams 12-21 19-21; O Kartuzova bt B Daunton 21-12 21-16; R Freiberga bt M Davies 21-16 21-7; Sveile and Kartuzova lost to Williams and Daunton 21-15, 16-21 20-22; Kartuzova lost to Williams 19-21 21-15 24-26; Freiberga bt Daunton 21-14

21-13; Sveile bt Davies 21-14 21-8). 33-34: Portugal 4 Ireland 0 (S P Goncalvez bt J Thompson 21-15 20-22 21-17, E Henriques bt T Bollard 22-20 19-21 21-12, A Freitas bt J Hughes 21-15 21-16, Henriques and Freitas bt Bollard and Thompson 21-8 13-21 21-13). 35-36: Iceland 4 Malta 2. 37-38: San Marino 4 Isle of Man 1. (San Marino first) (G Mina lost to M Bubb 19-21 19-21; D Yi bt A M Jones 21-11,

21-6; R Monaldini bt J Owen 21-15 21-12; Yi and Monaldini bt Bubb and Owen 16-21 21-13 21-18; Yi bt Bubb 20-22 21-14 21-15).

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