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Russian National Junior Team in wheelchair tennis won the world championships in the teams event

13 June 2018

In Apeldoorn (the Netherlands), the Team World Championship and the World Junior Championship in wheelchairs tennis have come to an end.

Competitions were held from May 28 to June 3, 160 athletes from 25 countries took part in them.

Russia was represented by the youth team, which included athletes from Moscow - Sergei Lysov and Vadim Obukhov, as well as a representative of the Perm Region - Leonid Gubanov.

In the group stage of the competition, our rivals were the national teams of Brazil, the Netherlands and Malaysia.

In the first game our team lost to Brazil with a score 2-1, then we won 3-0 over the teams of Malaysia and the Netherlands, took 2nd place in the group and reached the final part of the competition.

In the semifinals, the rivals of the Russian team became the Colombian national team, which we beat with the score 3-0.

In the final of the world championship, the local tennis players again met with the Brazilian national team, but this time they took a revenge, having won with the score 2-0.

In the first game, Leonid Gubanov defeated Maria Fernanda Alves in three sets (6-4, 4-6, 6-2).

The victory point was brought by Sergey Lysov defeating Yuselio da Silva Torquato / (6-2, 6-2).

In the match for the bronze medals, Columbia defeated the Australian team (2-1).

Head coach of the Russian National Team Olga Murina summed up the results of the world championship:

 "The Russian national team for the second time have become the winner of the Team World Youth Championship of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup.

The first time we won the continental championship in 2014, last year won silver medals, and this time, we were able to repeat the success of the previous time 4 years ago.

This time, like last year, we were seeded in the same group with the Brazilians, and also lost to them in the group stage of the competition.

However, in the final we were able to take a revenge. We really wanted to win and to win in the second time in such competitions. Thanks to the right attitude and the desire to win, we succeeded, even though the difference in the age of our athletes and players of the Brazilian national team reached 4 years."

Wheelchairs Tennis was included in the program of the Paralympic Games. The game uses standard tennis courts and equipment, the main differences in the rules are that the ball can be hit not only after the first, but also after the second rebound of the ball to the surface, the second rebound may be outside the court. The International Tennis Federation governs the development of the sport.


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