On Day 2 of the ETC, both of our teams had difficult encounters, with clear results:
Sweden – Luxembourg 4-0
Rasmus Hult – Nathan Sneyd 9-11, 11-2, 12-10, 11-4 (36m)
Carl-Johan Lofvenborg – Daniel Kaiser 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (26m)
Christian Drakenberg – Niall Woodger 11-5, 11-1, 11-5 (18m)
Joakim Larsson – Stephane Ayache 11-5, 11-7, 11-2 (22m)
Hungary – Luxembourg 4-0
Marc Krajcsak – Sanjay Raval 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (20m)
Daniel Cseffalvay – Daniel Kaiser 18-16, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8 (42m)
Sandor Fulop – Daniel Hutchines 11-7, 11-1, 11-6 (26m)
Marton Szaboky – Stephane Ayache 11-8, 11-2, 12-10 (31m)
Finland – Luxembourg 3-0
Saara Valtola – Sandra Denis 13-11, 11-8, 11-4 (23m)
Michaela Bjornstrom – Francoise Donven 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (25m)
Elina Kononen – Claudia Mich 11-2, 11-2, 11-0 (12m)
After a disappointing loss at the hands of Slovakia yesterday, the team from Luxembourg knew they would have to improve on day 2.
Indeed, such was the mood in the camp that a system was put in place to whip people into line. Nicknamed "The Kitty", every wayward serve would henceforth cost a player sharp €5; every minute that someone was late for a team meeting – €1.
Other misdemeamours, as decided upon after the offences had been
– Losing a set 11-0 = €5
– Wearing a Swiss team shirt on court = €10
The opponents for the men’s team today took the form of group front runners, Sweden and Hungary. For the ladies, Finland stood in the way of success.
Whilst the results were not altogether different from yesterday, the team were sure that Kitty had played her role well and the performances put in by all were much improved.
Of particular note, Nathan Sneyd turned in a good performance against the Swedish number 1, Rasmus Holt, going down in a closely fought match 3-1. Likewise, Daniel Kaiser lost by the same margin at 4 against his Hungarian counterpart.
So how much money did Kitty accrue? Well, the balls were raaaather bouncy, Stephane tends to get a bout of the sweats (hence the change of shirt), so Kitty has ended up with a total of €*** – a good night out is sure to be had on Saturday!
Tomorrow brings a crucial match for the men’s team against Gibraltar, whilst the ladies have a day off and a chance to sit by the lovely pool and relax, In any case, the minnows from Luxembourg shall be sure to keep you posted.