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Tomic/Vitman close successful year with a gold
Date: 11/28/2022 9:07 AM
Published by : Sara Gonzalez Martinez (BEC)
Serbia’s Mihajlo Tomic/ Andjela Vitman close with the gold the penultimate tournament of this year in the European Circuit, while hosts Slovenia secure two spots on the podium.

We are nearing the end of the year and the YONEX Slovenia Future Series was the penultimate stop before the Christmas break in the European Circuit. On the winning side, Indonesia and Japan got to secure some great results and our European talents also got to show their strength in Maribor last week.

The host country had two of their top players competing in the finals. While in the singles event Petra Polanc did not get past her first match in what was a three-game match that saw Dane Simona Pilgaard winning, the Slovenian player still had a lot to give with her mixed doubles partner, Miha Ivančič.

Polanc/ Ivančič secured wins in straight games right until the semifinals where they had a tough match against Jacob Hede Dahlgaard, Denmark, and Malena Norrman, Sweden, but the Slovenian pair won the match to advance on to the finals. 

In the fight for the gold, Polanc/ Ivančič had to face Serbia’s Mihajlo Tomic/ Andjela Vitman. The Serbian pair only needed two games to become the champions and this is yet another great win for them in what has been a successful year.

In their last three tournaments, Tomic/ Vitman have managed to reach the podium. In fact, the Serbian pair started the year in the 158th position in the world ranking and have escalated up to be on the 64th. The duo is one to watch in the European Circuit.


Here is the full list of winners:

Men's singles
1. Andi Fadel Muhammad
2. Firman Abdul Kholik
3/4. Heng Lin Ngan
3/4. Valentin Singer

Women's singles
1. Tomoka Miyazaki
2. Hina Akechi
3/4. Simona Pilgaard 
3/4. Marija Sudimac 

Men's doubles
1. Rasmus Espersen/ Kristian Kræmer
2. Maksymilian Danielak/ Mateusz Danielak
3/4. Dennis Koppen/ Alex Vlaar
3/4. Simon Baron-Vezilier/ Quentin Ronget

Women's doubles
1. Hina Akechi/ Sorano Yoshikawa 
2. Rui Kiyama/ Kanano Muroya
3/4. Lærke Hvid/ Emilia Nesic
3/4. Malena Norrman/ Lia Salehar

Mixed doubles
1. Mihajlo Tomic/ Andjela Vitman
2. Miha Ivančič/ Petra Polanc
3/4. Philip Birker/ Serena Au Yeong
3/4. Jacob Hede Dahlgaard/ Malena Norrman 


Tomorrow, 29 November, we head to the capital of Wales, Cardiff, for one of the oldest badminton tournaments in the world — the Welsh International Badminton Championships. Matches start at 10:00AM (CET), you can watch them on badmintoneurope.tv.
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