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After an easy final in straight games against Croatian Tomislav Pucar, STIGA ´s Enzo Angles captured the junior singles title at the European Youth Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
But to get to the finals Enzo had to fight hard. Three matches went full distance. Still, at the end in each of them Enzo showed he was the best and had the strongest will.
"I stayed on track after some hard matches before the finals", Enzo Angles said after securing the title. "Finally gold, but it was a though journey."
The long trip to the gold medal started with 4-0 against David Henkens, Belgium. Then Enzo had three tough matches in a row, all in seven games, but even though he was never really close to lose. He was in the lead 3-1 or 3-2 in all matches, and won the seventh and decisive game quite clearly in all of them: 11-4 against Khatchanov of the Netherlands, 11-5 versus Filip Zeljko, Croatia, and also 11-5 against Adam Szudi of Hungary in the quarter’s finals.
In the semi ´s Enzo Angles had to face Joao Geraldo of Portugal. Enzo won the first at 6 and the second at 9. Lost the third and the fourth with 4-11 and 12-14, but finally finishing strongly – 11-9, 11-6.
"I had a better start in this match, but he was not an easy player to beat", Enzo commented on the the semifinals against the Portuguese. "Geraldo did not give up. He started to play spin on me first, so it was very difficult to overcome him. At 2-2 in games I started to serve half long serves. I came closer to the table and played more aggressive. It proved to be a good tactics."
The final was as clear as against the Belgian David Henkens in the first round of the singles tournament. 4-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5.
And so STIGA got a new champion. Enzo Angles his biggest title so far.
And France defended the championships that Tristan Flore, injured and not participating in Ostrava, won both 2011 and 2012.