European Championships 2013
Women's Team Event

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The 2013 European Championships were held in Schwechat, Austria from 4-13 October.
Get all the details and results for the Women's Team event here...

 By Martin Hughes
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Logo for European Championships 2013

Austria hosted the 2013 European Table Tennis Championships and it was the first time that a new format for the team event was used.

The European Championships, first held in 1958 in Hungary, have continued to expand since then and you can read all about the history of the championships, and get previous results, here.

Initially the Championships were a biennial event, taking place in even numbered years, but now it's held annually during October.

However, from 2011, the team events are now only being played every two years.

European Championships 2013

For more information about each event, click on these links...

Men's Team   Women's Team
Men's Singles   Women's Singles
Men's Doubles   Women's Doubles


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A new format - the European Qualification League

European Table Tennis Union logo

In 2010 the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) amended the rules for the 2013 (and all future) team events at the European Championships.

These revised rules introduced a new format for the biennial team events so that, in order to compete for the top prizes at the European Team Championships, teams have to qualify via a European league competition.

This new European league competition is played in the 2 years preceding each championships and the results from these league matches are used to allocate teams into the various divisions at the next European Championships - and also to determine the seeding positions.

There is a Men's Team Event and a Women's Team Event, and both are divided into 3 Divisions...

  • Championships Division
  • Challenge Division
  • Standard Division

... and each member Association can only enter a maximum of one team in the Men's and/or one team in the Women's event with up to 5 players in a Men's team and up to 5 players in a Women's team.

But, only teams who qualify for the Championships Division can compete for the overall title of European Champions.

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Women's Qualification League - Championships Division

European Championships 2013 logo

As this was the first occasion that the new Qualification League system was used, the initial Championships Division of the Women's Qualification League was composed of teams who finished in the top 10 places at the 2011 European Championships, together with the teams who finished first and second in the 2011 European Championships Challenge Division.

Two groups of 6 teams

These 12 teams were then drawn into 2 groups of 6 teams (Groups A and B) on the basis of a special seeding list prepared by the Ranking Committee of the ETTU.

So Groups A and B of the initial Championships Division in the Qualification League comprised the following teams:

  • Group A: Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, Belarus, France, Croatia.
  • Group B: Germany, Romania, Spain, Russia, Czech Republic, England.

League matches

In each group the 6 teams all played every other team once, in order to determine a final ranking order for each group.

The final group positions also determined the seeding positions for the competition proper.

Teams who finished in positions 1-5 in their groups qualified for the Championships Division of the competition proper.

The team who finished last in their group were relegated to the Challenge Division of the competition proper and the teams who finished 1 and 2 in the Challenge Division Qualification League were promoted to the Championships Division for the competition proper.

So who qualified?

So after all the league matches were played, Belarus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia and Spain qualified for the Championships Division of the competition proper and were joined by Ukraine who finished top of Group A in the Challenge Division.

In addition, Turkey (who finished top of Group B in the Challenge Division) played off against the host nation Austria (who did not qualify automatically).

Croatia and England were relegated to the Challenge Division and so were not be eligible to compete for the top prizes at the 2013 European Team Championships.

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Women's Challenge Division and Standard Division

Although only teams in the Championships Division could compete for the top prizes, there were plenty of other Women's teams taking part in the 2013 European Team Championships.

In the Challenge Division the following Women's teams took part...

Bulgaria, Croatia, England, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden.

And in the Standard Division the following Women's teams took part...

Azerbaijan, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Kosovo, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland and Wales.

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Venue and Equipment

The 2013 European Championships were played at the Multiversum-Arena and the Werner Schlager Academy which are under the same roof.

Logo for 2013 European Championships venues

The equipment used was...

  • Tables: Donic (blue)
  • Balls: Nittaku (white)
  • Flooring: Gerflor (red)

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Format and draw for the Women's Championships Division

2013 European Table Tennis Championships logo

The 2013 European Team Championships were played using the progressive knockout system to determine the final position for every team, with the exception of a match for positions 3 and 4.

So, following the conclusion of the qualification league to determine which teams qualified for the Championships Division, the draw was made on 4 September 2013.

The top 2 teams from group A and B started in the quarter finals, whereas all the other teams started in the Preliminary round.

However, Turkey had to play off against the host nation Austria, for a place in the Preliminary round.

Women's Championships Division Draw

European Championships draw 2013


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Match Procedure

Teams consisted of 3 or 4 players.

Each match consisted of up to 5 singles (each the best of 5 games) and were played on one table.

Before the match starts, the team captains decided by lot the right to choose whether they were team A or team B.

They then nominate their 3 or 4 players to the referee and assign a letter and number to each player (A1, A2, A3, A4 or B1, B2, B3, B4).

The order of play was...

  1. A1 v B2
  2. A2 v B1
  3. A3 v B3
  4. A1 v B1
  5. A2 v B2

...and the match ends when a team has won 3 individual matches.

However, after the second singles, the fourth ranked player may replace player A1 or A2 (home team) or player B1 or B2 (away team). But this must be announced by the respective team captain to the referee before the start of the third singles.

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Defending champions

The previous European Team Championships were held in 2011 in Poland and the women's team winners were the Netherlands, and the runners-up were Romania.

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2013 Women's Team Event Results

Championships Division

Preliminary Play-Off Match

Friday 4 October 2013


Austria 3-0 Turkey

Match Details
Austria Turkey 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Liu Jia Hu Melek 9-11 12-10 12-10 12-10 1-0
Amelie Solja Ipek Karahan 11-0 11-5 11-2 1-0
Sofia Polcanova Sanem Ezgi Sahin 6-11 11-7 11-6 14-12 1-0

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Preliminary Round

Friday 4 October 2013


Romania 3-2 Ukraine

Match Details
Romania Ukraine 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Elizabeta SAMARA Margaryta PESOTSKA 12-10 11-13 5-11 12-14 0-1
Daniela DODEAN Tetyana BILENKO 9-11 11-5 11-9 11-9 1-0
Bernadette Cynthia SZOCS Ganna GAPONOVA 13-11 11-7 16-14 1-0
Daniela DODEAN Margaryta PESOTSKA 12-10 11-5 8-11 9-11 3-11 0-1
Elizabeta SAMARA Tetyana BILENKO 11-6 11-6 11-7 1-0


Poland 3-2 France

Match Details
Poland France 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Natalia PARTYKA Carole GRUNDISCH 11-9 8-11 11-9 14-12 1-0
Kinga STEFANSKA Xue LI 8-11 7-11 9-11 0-1
Katarzyna GRZYBOWSKA Laura GASNIER 11-7 8-11 11-8 14-12 1-0
Natalia PARTYKA Xue LI 8-11 11-9 7-11 12-14 0-1
Kinga STEFANSKA Carole GRUNDISCH 11-8 11-6 11-9 1-0


Czech Republic 3-2 Spain

Match Details
Czech Republic Spain 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Iveta VACENOVSKA Sara RAMIREZ 11-4 11-4 11-4 1-0
Renata STRBIKOVA Yanfei SHEN 10-12 11-9 9-11 6-11 0-1
Hana MATELOVA Galia DVORAK 11-7 11-6 11-2 1-0
Iveta VACENOVSKA Yanfei SHEN 9-11 11-7 8-11 6-11 0-1
Renata STRBIKOVA Sara RAMIREZ 11-6 11-6 11-9 1-0


Austria 3-1 Netherlands

Match Details
Austria Netherlands 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Amelie SOLJA Jiao LI 6-11 11-7 6-11 5-11 0-1
Jia LIU Linda CREEMERS 11-9 14-12 11-7 1-0
Sofia POLCANOVA Britt EERLAND 9-11 11-5 11-9 11-7 1-0
Jia LIU Jiao LI 7-11 11-7 8-11 11-8 11-8 1-0

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Quarter Finals

Saturday 5 October 2013


Romania 3-0 Hungary

Match Details
Romania Hungary 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Daniela DODEAN Petra LOVAS 11-13 9-11 11-6 11-6 11-7 1-0
Elizabeta SAMARA Georgina POTA 11-8 7-11 11-7 11-7 1-0
Bernadette Cynthia SZOCS Szandra PERGEL 11-9 11-6 11-9 1-0


Russia 3-1 Poland

Match Details
Russia Poland 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Polina MIKHAYLOVA Natalia PARTYKA 11-6 11-5 11-7 1-0
Anna TIKHOMIROVA Katarzyna GRZYBOWSKA 4-11 16-14 10-12 11-9 11-9 1-0
Yana NOSKOVA Kinga STEFANSKA 10-12 3-11 9-11 0-1
Anna TIKHOMIROVA Natalia PARTYKA 11-3 12-10 12-10 1-0


Czech Republic 3-2 Belarus

Match Details
Czech Republic Belarus 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Renata STRBIKOVA Viktoria PAVLOVICH 8-11 8-11 11-9 7-11 0-1
Iveta VACENOVSKA Alexandra PRIVALOVA 11-9 8-11 10-12 11-9 8-11 0-1
Dana CECHOVA Alena DUBKOVA 11-5 11-7 14-12 1-0
Iveta VACENOVSKA Viktoria PAVLOVICH 11-7 11-6 11-5 1-0
Renata STRBIKOVA Alexandra PRIVALOVA 11-7 11-9 13-11 1-0


Germany 3-0 Austria

Match Details
Germany Austria 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Xiaona SHAN Amelie SOLJA 11-6 11-6 11-7 1-0
Ying HAN Jia LIU 9-11 11-8 11-7 11-8 1-0
Kristin SILBEREISEN Sofia POLCANOVA 11-9 14-12 11-5 1-0

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Semi Finals

Sunday 6 October 2013


Romania 3-0 Russia

Match Details
Romania Russia 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Elizabeta SAMARA Anna TIKHOMIROVA 11-9 8-11 11-7 11-7 1-0
Daniela DODEAN Elena TROSHNEVA 9-11 3-11 11-2 11-5 11-7 1-0
Bernadette Cynthia SZOCS Polina MIKHAYLOVA 11-9 18-16 12-10 1-0


Germany 3-1 Czech Republic

Match Details
Germany Czech Republic 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Xiaona SHAN Renata STRBIKOVA 9-11 11-6 5-11 9-11 0-1
Ying HAN Iveta VACENOVSKA 11-8 11-8 11-9 1-0
Petrissa SOLJA Hana MATELOVA 11-8 11-5 13-15 11-5 1-0
Ying HAN Renata STRBIKOVA 13-11 11-9 11-6 1-0

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Monday 7 October 2013


Germany 3-1 Romania

Match Details
Germany Romania 1 2 3 4 5 Result
Kristin SILBEREISEN Daniela DODEAN 8-11 11-7 10-12 10-12 0-1
Ying HAN Elizabeta SAMARA 9-11 11-6 8-11 12-10 11-5 1-0
Xiaona SHAN Bernadette Cynthia SZOCS 11-6 9-11 10-12 11-1 11-9 1-0
Ying HAN Daniela DODEAN 9-11 11-8 6-11 11-6 11-6 1-0


2013 European Championships

Women's Team Event



(Kristin SILBEREISEN, Ying HAN, Xiaona SHAN, Petrissa SOLJA)



(Elizabeta SAMARA, Daniela DODEAN, Bernadette Cynthia SZOCS)


Russia and Czech Republic



European Championships 2013 Women's Team Event winners


European Championships 2013 Women's Team Event medallists



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