The ÖTTV duo defeated the French Rithika Pavade/Simon Gauzy 3:1 (9,-5,7,5) in the quarter-finals on Sunday evening and is thus in the semi-finals on Monday (from 2:40 p.m.). The number two seeded duo Bernadette Szocs/Ovidiu Ionescu from Romania is waiting there.
The final will also be played on Monday, there will be no match for third place. It is Austria’s third medal at the European Championships. “We played the long rallies much better now. That was the big improvement that made the difference,” Gardos said with satisfaction. He and his partner had previously eliminated the German titleholders Nina Mittelham/Qiu Dang in the round of 16.
The out in the mixed round of 16 came for Daniel Habesohn from Vienna and Elizabeta Samara from Romania, with a 0:3 (-8,-9,-6) against the top seeded French Yuan Jianan/Emmanuel Lebesson. In the two previous rounds, Samara/Habesohn had won 3-0 against a Ukrainian and a Turkish duo.
While the women’s and men’s doubles only continue on Tuesday after Saturday’s start, the singles qualification groups have started. Amelie Solja and Karoline Mischek won against Matilde Pinto from Portugal 3:0 (9.5.3) and Angela Rodriguez from Spain 3:2 (-8.8.6.-7.7). Andreas Levenko defeated the Turk Tugay Yilmaz 3:0 (6,4,6), Alexander Chen against the Latvian Arturs Reinholds 3:0 (7,6,8). Only David Serdaroglu lost, the Bulgarian Teodor Alexandrov 2:3 (-9.5,-9.5,-11). The qualification ends on Monday.