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Ondrej Krals first senior final


Ondrej Krals reaches his first final in the senior circuit at Hellas International (Photo: Mark Phelan)


Ondrej Krals first senior final


4/23/2018 12:47 PM

Published by

Mireille van Daal

With only one day to go, Hellas international was the last tournament before the European Championships. While some faces from this tournament will be seen in Huelva, Hellas international was especially a tournament for youngsters.

For example, Ondrej Kral (Czech Republic) reached his first final in the senior circuit. In the final match it was current European junior champion -Toma Junior Popov (France)- who out played him.

— The tournament was very succesfull for me, Kral stated to Badminton Europe.

— it was my first final at the senior category and I am satisfied with the result and the level of my game.

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Long matches

Krals road to his first final definitely was not easy.

— I played three matches in three sets and it took me a lot of energy. In the final I couldn’t get enough speed to compete with my opponent.

Popov then took his victory over Kral with 21-7 and 21-13

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All for the victory

For Popov, the final was more like a last sprint to success. In general, also Popov was satisfied with this tournament.

— For the final I was focused. I wanted the victory and put all my energy to finish the match the fastest way

— It was a good tournament because I think I managed it really well. The organization was good, nothing bad to notice!

An overview of the finals

Men’s singles

Toma Junior Popov Junior (France) beats Ondrej Kral (Czech Republic): 21-7 21-13

Mixed doubles

Dimitar Yanakiev/Mariya Mitsova (Bulgaria) beat Michael Roe/Jessica Hopton (England): 24-22 21-14

Men’s doubles

Daniel Nikolov/Ivan Rusev (Bulgaria) beat David Jones/Johnnie Torjussen: 21-16 21-19

Women’s singles

Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (Thailand) beats Cemre Fere (Turkey): 21-13 21-9

Women’s doubles

Krestina Selich (Belarus)/ Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (Thailand) beat Abigail Holden/Fee Teng Lieuw: 21-9 21-19

Find all the results of Hellas international here


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