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Ukraine: all or nothing
Date: 10/31/2020 4:35 PM
Published by : Yash Sharma
Despite two matches going the full distance, it looked like a convincing win for Ukraine as they beat Slovenia 5-0. However, the athletes have to come up with something better than that. In order to reach the quarterfinals, they face a colossal task of beating the fourth seeds France, who have lost just one out of fifteen matches so far. 

Andrei Don/Olga Tykhorskaya got the first point by winning their match 21-18, 21-16. In the men’s singles, Viacheslav Yakovlev required extra points to make it 2-0. He overcame Rok Kuprivec 21-12, 14-21, 22-20 in 44 minutes. 

In contrast, Mariia Stoliarenko quickly sealed the tie 21-12, 21-10. Up next, Don partnered with Vitaliy Reva to beat Gal Bizjak/Rok Kuprivec in three games. In just 19 minutes, Stoliarenko and Polina Buhrova completed the clean sweep 21-13, 21-10.

- I am happy that I helped my team. Team Ukraine will hopefully top the group and reach the quarterfinal. We want to win all the matches, Stoliarenko was optimistic.

An important win for Estonia
With a 3-2 victory over Switzerland in the morning, Estonia has almost booked a quarterfinal spot. This was a confidence booster after a 5-0 loss to France, as they take on Slovenia later today. 

The Swiss took an early lead by winning the opening mixed doubles 21-14, 21-18 but Tauri Kilk made a strong comeback 21-13, 21-15 to draw level at 1-1. In the next singles, Catlyn Cruus managed to win the opener and then eased past Lucie Amiguet 21-19, 21-12. 

The men’s doubles between Arthur Boudier/Nicolas Franconville and Mario Kirisma/Oskar Mannik was a thriller. The Swiss saved three game points to edge past their opponents 25-23, 21-11 in 26 minutes. 

The all-important decider
With score tied at 2-2, it all came down to the last match. Kruus with her partner Ramona Uprus easily beat Julie Franconville/Caroline Racloz 21-10, 21-10 to seal the victory for Estonia.

A disappointing 4-1 loss to Estonia on the first day may come back to haunt Ukraine. 

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