Top seed Israel and second seed Greece booked their places in the men’s semifinals during Wednesday’s second day of round-robin competition at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup European Qualification in Antalya, Turkey.
With one day of round-robin ties left on Thursday, top seed Russia, second seed Italy and Belgium have also guaranteed their places in the women’s semifinals.
Amir Levi, Adam Berdichevsky and Asi Stokol ensured Israel of a dominant 3-0 win over Estonia in the tie between the two nations to decide who advanced from Pool 3 in the men’s event.
Greece also beat Portugal 3-0 in Pool 1 after Georgios Lazaridis defeated Carloas Leitao 63 63 in the first singles rubber, which also proved to be the closest of the three matches between the two nations.
With two victories in two days, Greece can now finish no worse than second in their pool and will therefore go through to the last four along with either Hungary or Portugal after fourth seed Hungary’s 3-0 win over Latvia.
Just one of Wednesday’s eight round-robin ties across the men’s and women’s events went to a deciding doubles rubber as Croatia beat host nation Turkey 2-1 in men’s Pool 2. Oguzhan Gunes gave the host national the lead before Anto Joskic levelled the contest and Ninoslav Krsnik and Joskic clinched the doubles decider against Hakan Gungor and Gunes 61 61.
Third seed Italy and Turkey will meet in the remaining tie in Pool 2.
Unseeded Belgium team into women’s semis
Belgium narrowly missed out on one of the top four seeded positions for the women’s event, but so far have made light of that after Sofie Cox and Els Verhoeven secured a second 3-0 win in successive days in Pool 2, this time beating Ukraine 3-0 to guarantee a place in the semifinals.
Top seed Russia booked a place in the last four, too, after Viktoriia Lvova, Ludmila Bubnova and Polina Shakirova defeated Sweden 3-0 to advance from Pool 3.
Italy’s 3-0 victory over Switzerland on the second day of play on the clay in Antalya also means that Italy can now finish no worse than second in Pool 1 and will therefore qualify for the last four along with Switzerland or Turkey. Turkey’s 3-0 victory over Latvia means that Turkey and Switzerland both go into their head-to-head with one win apiece to date.
The winners of the men’s and women’s events in Antalya will earn qualification for men’s World Group II and the women’s World Group for the 2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Tokyo, Japan on 23-28 May.