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Scotland is going to Finland!
Date: 12/12/2020 3:29 PM
Published by : Emilie Sommer (BEC)

The two top teams, Scotland and Spain, faced each other to play for a spot in the finals in Finland, while the other tie of the day was between Ukraine and Portugal, who were fighting for a third place in the group. 

Spain vs Scotland

Adam Hall and Julie Macpherson were up against Pablo Abian and Lorena Uslé in the mixed doubles. They were able to win without struggling too much and add the first point for Scotland. 

Even though Carolina Marin could not play the women’s singles for Spain, Clara Azurmendi went on court and fought with everything she had. Azurmendi won the first game, but early in the second game, Kirsty Gilmour unfortunately had to withdraw after she twisted her ankle. 

Pablo Abian was on court again in the men’s singles against Ciar Pringle. Experienced Abian was too strong for young Pringle, and Abian and Spain took the lead in the tie 2-1.

The two women’s singles, Beatriz Corrales and Clara Azurmendi were put in the doubles against Julie Macpherson and Ciara Torrance. Corrales and Azurmendi were very strong and won the first game, but the Scottish ladies kept their focus and sent the match into a decider after winning the second game. Macpherson and Torrance won the last game and brought Scotland back level in the tie.

- We feel so relieved! It was a really important match for us to win, because Kirsty got injured. But we got a really strong men’s doubles so hopefully they can finish it for us, Julie Macpherson said. 

After a thrilling women’s doubles, Adam Hall and Christopher Grimley showed how it is done and secured a spot for Scotland in the finals in Finland in February.

Ukraine vs Portugal

Maria Ulitina won the first point for Ukraine after defeating Sonia Goncalves in the women’s singles. 

The men’s singles between Bernardo Atilano and Danylo Bosniuk was another close match, where Atilano won the first game quite comfortably before Bosniuk took the second game and sent the match into a decider. Atilano fought hard and secured a point for Portugal with his win. 

The Goncalves sisters started out well by winning the first game, but in the second game Anastasiya Prozorova and Valeriya Rudakova were ready and took a close win before closing the match in the third game and bringing Ukraine in front at 2-1 in the tie. 

Another thrilling match was the men’s doubles where Bruno Carvalho and Tomas Nero were up against Ivan Druzchenko and Ivan Medynskiy. They took a close win in the first game but lost the second game sending the match into another decider. Carvalho and Nero managed to win the last game and made it 2-2 before the mixed doubles. 

In the mixed doubles Artem Pochtarov and Anastasiya Prozorova were facing Bernardo Atilano and Mariana Chang. The two pairs fought with everything they had to get that last point and win the tie. Pochtarov and Prozorova were the strongest pair and secured the win for Ukraine. 

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