No surprises on day 1 in Tours
Date: 6/22/2016 8:14 PM
Published by : Mark Phelan
For the second year in a row the Palais De Sport in Tours, France welcomed the cream of Europe’s club talent as the 2016 edition of the European Club Championships got under way. All three big guns, Primorye Vladivostok, BC Chambly Oise and Issy Les Moulineaux got the chance to shake off some cob webs with no big surprises and the results from day 1 panning out as expected. 

The French runners up Issy Les Moulineaux were the first of the big three on court and took little time to see off the challenge of Portuguese champions ACD Che Lagoense. The big surprise of the match was the defeat for Portugal’s top shuttler Pedro Martins who fell to Bjorn Seguin in three games with Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva (main picture) making their European club championships debut. The French took the match 5-0 with the Portuguese never able to recover afters Martins loss. 

“It is really nice to be here and getting the chance to play in the European club championships for the first time” said the Rio bound Stoeva sisters. “We are of course here to try and win but know it will be difficult against some very strong teams.”

Chambly Oise followed Issy with a clinical win over BK 1973 Deltacar Benatky. The Czech champions suffering their second defeat of the day and are heading home after losing to TBR of Iceland in the very first tie of the tournament. 

Primorye Vladivostok are without a dedicated women’s singles player in the tournament and mixed and doubles specialist Ekaterina Bolotova went out first for the reigning champions. Bolotova looked a little uncomfortable taking three games to see off St Gallans (SUI) Ronja Stern. The Russians, going for the fifth consecutive title, settled thereafter and came home easy winners. 

Luxembourg minnows BC Jonglenster went down to a heavy defeat losing 5-0 to Dutch champions Van Zundert Velo. The closest Jonglenster got to the Dutch was the opening three game match in men’s singles where Stijn De Langhe eventually saw off the challenge of Sarkis Agopyan.  

Elsewhere Pablo Abians (pictured above) Spanish champions Recreativo les La Orden came through an easy 5-0 whitewash of Anderlecht of Belgium. The Spanish now look odds on to claim one of the two spots out of the group alongside Issy Les Moulineaux with a group topping shootout scheduled for 10am tomorrow morning. 

To watch all the action on demand from court 1 on day 1 click HERE

For all day 1 results from #ECC16 click HERE

For a full Facebook photo gallery from today’s play click HERE

Article by Mark Phelan. Photos by Ben Phelan

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