Lisa behaald wereldtitel op de World Cadet Challenge met Team Europe. In de finale werd favoriet Team Azië, met Lisa in een beslissende rol, geklopt met 3-2. In de laatste en beslissende wedstrijd versloeg Lisa de Aziatische Lee Ka Ye met 3-1 en bezorgde Team Europe Goud!
Europe Wins Girls’ Team Title for Second Time, Again in the Caribbean (By Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications editor)
Captained by Marc Closset; represented by Adina Diaconu, Lisa Lung and Maria Taylakova with Daria Trigolos resigned to the bench; Europe won the Girls’ Team title at the 2014 ITTF World Cadet Challenge in Bridgetown, Barbados on Tuesday 28th October.
At the final hurdle they overcame the Asia Team trio of Mima Ito, Lee Ka Yee and Kim Jiho by three matches to two.
Thus they regained the title last won by Europe in 2005, the only previous time the old continent has secured gold in the event; on that occasion the tournament was staged in nearby Dominican Republic.
Nine Years Ago
In 2005, the outfit comprising Ekaterina Kolodyazhnaya, Margaryta Pesotska and Amelie Solja also beat Asia in the final. They won by three matches to one against the team formed by Zena Sim, Lee Ho Ching and Neha Aggarwal.
Lisa Lung Secures Gold
Now nine years later the contest went the full five match distance with Lisa Lung the player to win the deciding fifth match of the fixture, just as she had done earlier in the day against Latin America.
After losing to Mima Ito (11-8, 11-6, 11-8) on her first visit to the table, she recovered to overcome Lee Ka Yee in four games (5-11, 11-6, 13-11, 11-9) to secure the title.
“It was really important against Lee Ka Yee in the last match to win the third game; I led 10-8 but then I lost the next three points”, said Lisa Lung. “I thought I could still win; I tried to relax and play my game; I think my forehand top spin was good today, I think that a major reason why I was able to win.”
Adina Diaconu Gives Team Good Start
Success against Lee Ka Yee but defeat against and Mima Ito; it was the same for Adina Diaconu. In the opening match of the fixture, she accounted for Lee Ka Yee (11-6, 13-11, 11-8) before in the fourth match of the engagement suffering defeat in opposition to Mima Ito (11-5, 11-4, 12-10).“Mima was very strong today; she played very fast and I didn’t receive her service well”, explained Adina Diaconu. “Against Lee Ka Yee I was really motivated; I knew it was important that we had a good start, I knew that was really important.”
A vital win to give Europe the perfect start; equally in the success recorded by Maria Taylokova over Kim Jiho (11-9, 11-7, 11-9) was equally crucial.“I was a little nervous before the match”, admitted Maria Taylakova. “I felt more confident after I won the first game.”
Hard fought matches and for Daria Trigolos it was an equally tense time watching her colleague.“Sitting watching I wanted the team to win so much, I wanted our team to be the World championships”, smiled Daria Trigolos. “Honestly, after Adina won the first match, I was sure we would win.” Confidence from Daria Trigolos in an achievement that was a true team effort, a group of players from four countries had combined to gain success.
“At the Europe Top Ten, there was one player in one place; another in another; they were all over the place and I thought that somehow I had to make this group a team”, explained Marc Closset. “Now here in Barbados they are always together; there is really good spirit, they fight in the matches and they cheer for each other.”
Teamwork the key to success, the top step of the podium secured, the champions in Barbados, Team Europe.