01 Mar 2012

Turkey's women edge out Russia in Antalya

Match Report

Photo: ITFRussia's women's team

Turkey’s women’s team won the tie of the day on the second day of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Pre-qualification Event for Europe in Antalya to give their home supporters plenty to cheer about.

Ebru Bulgurcu lined up for the first singles rubber of Turkey’s second Group 2 round-robin contest against Russia, but Polina Shakirova would not be denied in a fascinating match and secured a 76(8) 36 75 victory to give Russia the lead.

Despite being the youngest member of the Turkish team, Busra Un kept her country in the tie when she beat Dinara Sabitova 64 61 to win the second singles rubber and a thrilling doubles decider ended with Julide Yildiz and Un coming from a set down to beat Sabitova and Shakirova 67(6) 60 (11-9).

With Turkey ending their round-robin contest with one win and one loss, Austria will now play Russia to complete Group 2.

Denmark also secured a 2-1 victory over Ukraine in their Group 1 tie, but ultimately the tie was decided after the two singles rubbers after Louise Willersley-Olsen beat Olena Grabovskaya 62 61 and Malese Olsen eased to a 60 60 win over Olena Shyngaryova.

The day’s other women’s Group tie ended with former World Team Cup champions France beating Israel 3-0.

France play Denmark and Israel take on Ukraine in the remaining round-robin ties in the group.

Russia beat Croatia in doubles decider in men's round-robin

The only tie in the men’s event to go to a deciding doubles rubber was Russia’s 2-1 victory over Croatia in round-robin Group 2.   

Yuri Golovin gave Russia an early lead after defeating Mario Sosnik 60 61, but Anto Joskic revived Croatian fortunes when he eased past Alexandr Fedorov 64 61. However, Golovin and Konstantin Afinogenov sealed Russia’s victory when they beat Sosnik and Joskic 62 61 in the doubes.

The group will be completed when Italy, 3-0 winners over Russia in their first tie, take on Croatia.

In Group 1 of the men’s event Switzerland’s Yann Avanthey, Daniel Pellegrina, Herbert Keller and Thomas von Daeniken all played a part in their country’s success for the second successive day when they secured a 3-0 win over Turkey.

In the same group Denmark defeated Norway 3-0 and will now face Turkey to decide which nation finishes runner-up in the group.

The second day’s competition also saw Greece secure their place at the top of round-robin Group 3 after a 3-0 victory over Lithuania, with Lithuania and Israel still to play each other to complete the group.