Romania produce surpriza Campionatului Mondial

Nationala feminina de tenis de masa a Romaniei a produs cea mai mare surpriza de pana acum la Campionatul Mondial din Japonia invingand si calificandu-se in sferturi, 3-2, pe a treia favorita a turneului Coreea de Sud.

Iata un articol despre fetele noatre de aur de pe site-ul oficial al CM din Japonia:
Bernadette Szocs celebrates after winning the final point against Yang Haeun Photo By: Rémy Gros

Asian countries beating their European counterparts in women’s competitions, it has happened time and time again in the modern era, it has become the norm.

However, to some extent on the afternoon of Friday 2nd May at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo, the tables were turned.

In the Women’s Championship Division, DPR Korea beat Ukraine but then followed two wins for the old continent; the Netherlands accounted for Chinese Taipei before Romania caused, what must be considered the biggest shock of the tournament to date.

Bronze Medallists
The no.9 seeds, they beat Korea, the no.3 seeds and bronze medallist two years ago at the Liebherr World Team Championships in the German city of Dortmund.

Furthermore, it was very much a team event; it was one win each from the trio of Elizabeta Samara, Daniela Monteiro-Dodean and Bernadette Szocs.

Seo Hyowon Gives Korea Early Advantage
Seo Hyowon gave Korea the perfect start by beating Bernadette Szocs (8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6). Immediately Elizabeta Samara levelled, she overcame Yang Haeun (11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5).

Matters level, Romania took the lead thanks to the efforts of Daniela Monteiro-Dodean; she accounted for Seok Hajung (11-1, 6-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-7).

The momentum with Romania, Korea responded thanks to the delightful defensive skills of Seo Hyowon; she beat Elizabeta Samara (8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10) to set the scene for a showdown between Bernadette Szocs and Yang Haeun.

Hard fought duels, tense; the first four games were shared, a fifth beckoned.

Deciding Game
At the change of ends Bernadette Szocs led 5-0; Yang Haeun won the next three points.

Viorel Filimon, the Romanian coach, realising that the momentum was moving in Korea’s favour called “Time Out”; it was surely a shrewd move. It was a time to re-think, steady the ship and maintain the advantage.

However, Yang Haeun levelled at 5-all; surely the balance of power had now swayed in favour of Korea. Not so, Bernadette Szocs won the next six points!

She won in five games (11-13, 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5); Korea celebrated.
At the quarter-final stage Romania meets Singapore.