Photo: Do-Won KimElena Jacinto (ESP)
All four seeded nations have reached the men’s and women's semifinals after the completion of the round-robin pool ties at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup European Qualification event in Antalya.
Top seeds Switzerland will face Israel in the men’s semifinals after Israel completed their round-robin ties with a 2-1 victory over Russia on Sunday. After Amir Levi and Asaaf Stokol won the deciding doubles rubber 61 61 against Yuriy Golovin and Aleksanr Fedorov, Israel finished runners-up to second seeds Croatia in their pool of four nations.
Croatia will play fourth seeds Greece for a place in the final following Greece’s resounding 3-0 win over Ireland in which the Greek team dropped just one game.
Elsewhere, Turkey finalised a 3-0 win over Ukraine after edging a match tiebreak in the doubles rubber and Turkey will now play Russia in the play-offs for the minor places, while Ireland will place Lithuania.
Julide Yildiz and Busra Un dropped a total of just six games in their singles rubbers as Turkey secured victory over Ukraine to finish top of their pool. Ukraine gained some consolation after taking the doubles rubber in a match tiebreak, but it was not enough to prevent second seeds Turkey from earning a semifinal against fourth seeds Russia.
Russia’s final round-robin tie provided one of the undoubted highlights of the third day of play as the Russian women’s team edged out 2012 runners-up Austria 10-8 in a match tiebreak in a crucial deciding doubles rubber.
Third seeds Switzerland will play top seeds Spain in the other women’s semifinal. Both nations had to colmplete their doubles rubbers on Monday morning after rain brought a premature end to the third day of play.
Switzerland's doubles runner was a crucial contest after Simona Ruskank had eased through the opening singles match against Israel to give Switzerland the advantage, before Inna Mashkovsy hit back to level the tie. However, Gabriela Buehler and Rusnak comfortably won the doubles rubber against Veronica Zvik and Mashkovsky 63 61 to secured Switzerland second place in their pool behing Turkey.
Spain had already secured victory over Denmark after their two singles rubbers were won by Elena Jacinto and Lola Ochoa. However, with an expected tough semifinal to come later in the day, Spain retired at the end of the first set of the doubles.