The team got off to another great start with Sam and Chloe Magee winning another opening match in the mixed doubles. The pair have been in great form as of late after winning the Irish open and going to the quarters in Scotland.
Finland bounced back straight away with a win in the women’s singles with Mikkela proving to be too strong for Sara Boyle on this occasion. The next match up was another key match as Ireland’s rising star Nhat Nguyen took on the experienced Eetu Heino. Nhat Nguyen proved why he is a player to watch out for on the senior circuit as he took an impressive win to give Ireland a 2-1 lead.
Ireland had good momentum going into the two doubles matches. In the men’s doubles Finland went with Anton Kaisti and Oskari Larkimo to face the Irish pairing of Joshua Magee and Paul Reynolds. Joshua and Paul have carried some good form coming into this event with a recent semi-final at the Welsh International. This was one of the best matches of the day as both pairs fought hard to take the attack and control the flat play. It was the Irish who again came out on top with Magee and Reynolds winning the match in straight games.
The last match up Finland were represented by Jenny Nystrom and Sonja Pekkola who have been as high as 65 in the world rankings as a long-term established partnership. Ireland went with a mix of youth and experience as Chloe Magee teamed up with her niece Rachael Darragh. The Irish pairing won the opening game well but were made fight hard to win the second game and secure Ireland their 4-1 victory.
“It was a very impressive team performance today. Each of players rose to the occasion and with a place in the final of group 7 on the line, we needed to be at our very best today. Finland are a strong team and they would have been confident that they could win this match and group also. I am very happy with our players attitude this week and they have given themselves a great chance to qualify for the European Finals if they can keep this form come Sunday” Irish High performance and training director Daniel Magee
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