European Youth Champions Day 6 – Youngster Blossom in Ostrava


11 year old Owen Cathcartsteals the limelight from his older counterparts winning his singles match 4-2 against Magnus Johann Hjartarson of Iceland and qualifying for the main event. Alexander Gillen was unable to exact revenge on Scotland’s Yaser Razouk by losing 4-2 but he has one more chance in the Cadet Doubles tomorrow when he teams up with Zak WilsonZak was unlucky to face a tough Greek opponent and ended his Singles campaign with a 4-2 loss.

Qualification Round

Owen CATHCARTbeat Magnus Johann HJARTARSON (ISL) 4-2 (11-7, 12-14, 11-8, 6-11, 14-12, 12-10)

Yaser RAZOUK (SCO) beat Alexander GILLEN 4-2 (11-9, 11-7, 11-4, 2-11, 7-11, 11-7)

Ioannis SGOUROPOULOS (GRE) (ER:211) beat Zak WILSON 1-4 (11-8, 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7)


Our youngest girl out in Ostrava Rebecca Finn was also in winning form when she beat Scotland’s Rachel Crawford 4-1. Chloe O’Halloran was very unlucky to lose to her Greek opponent Syliani Pateraki in the 7th set 11-8. Katie McGlone also lost her match against Bulgaria’s Mihaela Dimova 4-2.

Qualification Round

Rebecca FINNbeat Rachel CRAWFORD (SCO) 4-1 (11-8, 11-6, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7) This match was recorded click here to watch it back.

Mihaela DIMOVA(BUL) beatKatie MCGLONE 4-2 (3-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-3)

Syliani PATERAKI (GRE) beat Chloe O’HALLORAN 4-3 (8-11, 1-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8)


Alexander Gillen and Chloe O’Halloranpaired up for the Cadet Mixed Doubles and together claimed a 3-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Dino Cizmic and Elda Šehic. Our two young Cadets Owen and Rebecca also continued their winning form by beating Iceland’s Breki Thordarson and Kolfinna Bjarnadottir 3-1. Zak Wilson and Katie McGlone lost 3-1 to Sadettin Gencer and Dilan Tek from Turkey. In Round 1 the Cadets met some highly ranked pairs but did not give up without a fight as both picked up a set.

Qualification Round

Alexander GILLEN / Chloe O’HALLORANbeat Dino CIZMIC / Elda ŠEHIC (BIH) 3-1 (11-8, 11-7, 13-15, 11-6)

Owen CATHCART / Rebecca FINNbeat Breki THORDARSON / Kolfinna BJARNADOTTIR (ISL) 3-1 (11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10)

Sadettin GENCER / Dilan TEK (TUR) beat Zak WILSON / Katie MCGLONE 3-1 (11-7, 2-11, 11-9, 11-8)

Round 1 – Round of 128

Rodion CHMELOV (ER:80) / Yuliya SYNYTSYNA (ER:70) (UKR) beat Owen CATHCART / Rebecca FINN 3-1 (9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7)

Jan NYBERG (ER:36) / Annika LUNDSTORN (ER:69) (FIN) beat Alexander GILLEN / Chloe O’HALLORAN 3-1 (7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8)


Both Hannah Lynch-Dawson and Emma Ludlow were very unlucky to lose their first Singles matches. Hannah took an early 3-0 lead and almost claimed the 4th but lost it 13-11 and then went on to lose the subsequent 3 sets to lose the match 4-3. Emma was 3-1 up and got all the way to 9 in the 5th set but was piped to the post by her Ukrainian opponent and with a slow live online scoring system, anxious parents were waiting for the score to appear and unluckily Emma had lost the following 3 sets also losing in the 7th set.  

Qualification Round

Simona HORVATHOVA (ER:272) (SLO) beat Hannah LYNCH-DAWSON (ER: 274) 4-3 (8-11, 9-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-8)

Margaryta PRUDIUS (ER: 200) (UKR) beat Emma LUDLOW 4-3 (8-11, 8-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9, 14-12, 11-5)


Emma Ludlowwas paired with Slovakian Tilen Novak in the qualification round of the Mixed Doubles and managed to claim a 3-2 victory with a 16-14 win in the 5th over their Bulgarian opponents. They then moved into Round 1 and faced the Moldovan pair of Victor Cissa and Olga Bliznet but unfortunately lost 3-0. Hannah Lynch-Dawson was paired with England’s Igor Morais and beat their Italian opposition 3-1 and move into the last 64.

Qualification Round

Emma LUDLOW/ Tilen NOVAK (SLO) (ER:207) beat David KOSTADINOV / Monika TSANEVA  (BUL) 3-2 (3-11, 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 16-14)

Round 1 – Round of 128

Victor CISSA (ER:300) / Olga BLIZNET (ER:15) (MDA) beatEmma LUDLOW / Tilen NOVAK (SLO) 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-9)

Hannah LYNCH-DAWSON(ER: 274) / Igor MORAIS (ER:137) (ENG) beat Luca MURCATO (ER:168)/ Francesca TROTTI (ER:129) (ITA) 3-1 (11-8, 11-8, 11-9)

Siarhei AFANASENKA (ER:62) /Hanna PATSEYEVA (ER:90) (BLR) got a walkover against Ashley GIVAN / Helshan WEERASINGHE (ER:94) (ENG) 3-0 (W/O) 

For the full draws check out the ETTU Results page. 

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