Christo Popov, Anastasiia Shapovalova Win 2020 European Junior Championships

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Christo Popov wins the 2020 European Junior Championships. (photo: Badminton Europe)
Christo Popov wins the 2020 European Junior Championships. (photo: Badminton Europe)

Nastola: Christo Popov of France, became the latest from the Popov family to win the European Junior Championships, after his brother, Toma Junior Popov won it in 2017.

Christo Popov who lost to compatriot, Arnaud Merkle, in the 2018 European Junior Championships final, would not let the gold medal slip through his fingers again on Saturday, where he played a dominant match to defeat No. 7 seed and teammate Yanis Gaudin 21-9, 21-18 in 43 minutes to clinch the gold.

“Despite the cancellation of the World Junior Championships, I am very proud to end my junior career with a win,” said Popov.

“Yanis played very well especially in the second set, congrats to him for winning the silver,” added Popov.

“I am disappointed with the result, but Christo played better than me,” said Yanis Gaudin.

In the girls’ singles competition, the No. 1 seed Anastasiia Shapovalova of Russia survived a 3-set scare in her final match against Edith Urell of Sweden.

Shapovalova overcame the 7-13, 10-15, and 19-20 deficits in the decider, staging a huge comeback to beat Urell 14-21, 21-18, 22-20 in 64 minutes.

“I am really happy with the win. I was losing in the third game, I told myself to relax and enjoy the game, and then, I was able to slowly narrowing the gap,” said Shapovalova.

“Urell has very good skill and good speed. I am proud to be representing Russia and thanks to everyone for the support,” added Shapovalova.

Meanwhile, Urell received her second silver medal of the day when she and Gustav Bjorkler lost to Matthias Kicklitz/Thuc Phuong Nguyen of Germany 19-21, 19-21 in the mixed doubles final.

“I did not expect to play in two finals, I think I played something like 12 matches, and I am extremely tired,” said Urell.

In other categories, William Kryger Boe/Mads Vestergaard won the boy’s doubles for Denmark, while Anastasiia Boiarun/Alena Iakovleva of Russia took home the girls’ doubles trophy.

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