Newly crowned champions in Women’s Doubles Event at the LIEBHERR 2018 ITTF European Championships are Nina MITTELHAM and Kristin LANG of Germany. In the final they overcame Sofia POLCANOVA of Austria and Yana NOSKOVA of Russia (10:12, 11:8, 11:6, 4:11, 11:9, 7:11, 12:14). Bronze medal winners are are Matilda EKHOLM of Sweden and Georgina POTA of Hungary and Luxembourg’s pairings NI Xia Lian and Sarah DE NUTTE.
Kristin LANG is unbeaten at the European Championships. She clinched the title with Sabine WINTER in 2016, made a break due the family maters, and came back strong to collect another gold with young Nina MITTELHAM.
“The chances were 50/50, but we seized the opportunity. Final match was very difficult and we were forced to change our tactics few times. We had to be aggressive and to took control from the very beginning, otherwise NOSKOVA and POLCANOVA were unbeatable,” said LANG.
NOSKOVA and POLCANOVA managed to recover and to level the match three times, but eventually the close finish went on Germany’s account.
“We are so sad,” said POLCANOVA, who win silver in Mixed Doubles and bronze in Singles.
On their way to the highest step at the medal rostrum German combination overcame no. two seeds Elizabeta SAMARA and Bernadette SZOCS of Romania, whilst NOSKOVA and POLCANOVA beat top seeded POTA and EKHOLM.