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Ivanov and Sozonov did what was necessary in the opening match. Photo: Mark Phelan
Good start for the host
Date: 2/13/2018 4:16 PM
Published by : Rasmus Bech(BEC)

The Russian male team had to fight for it but was able to win their opening tie against Bulgaria.

There is a lot of pressure on the Russian players. Russia is hosting the first big European event of the year, and with a strong line-up the Russian team are also aiming for a the play off.

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In their opening tie against the underdog Bulgaria, the Russians were under pressure in the first two men’s singles. Vladimir Malkov and Sergey Sirant both won their matches three games.

- A little nervous
The strongest card in the Russian line-up is the current World number 7 in the men’s doubles category, Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov, and the former YONEX All England champions are for sure ready.

See all the results from the 2018 European Men’s & Women’s Team Championships here

Leading 3-1 before the last men’s doubles Russia already won the tie against Bulgaria, but Ivanov and Sozonov performed well on home court winning 21-8 21-13 against Nikolov and Rusev.

- It was an easy win today. It was a good result, because you are always a little nervous, when you play in your home arena. We played some good badminton, and we are looking forward to tomorrow, where we will have a difficult tie against Spain, Ivan Sozonov says.

Gallery: EMWTC18 – Day 1 





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