Turkey had a successful second day at the 2021 European Championships, winning all three of their matches in Kyiv, Ukraine, yesterday.
The European Championships are among the last few qualifying events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Sonmez and Erdem next face third seeds Mark Lamsfuss/Isabel Herttrich of Germany for a place in the quarterfinals.
In the men’s singles second round, Turkey’s Emre Lale fought his way to a win against Swtizerland’s Christian Kirchmayr in a rollercoaster of a match. Lale blew a 19-16 lead in the opening game and the pattern nearly repeated in the second, with Kirchmayr saving five game points. Lale however converted his sixth game point to make it a game apiece and won the third game comfortably, 19-21 21-19 21-15.
Fifth seed Neslihan Yigit, also of Turkey, had easy passage into the third round, beating Czech Republic’s Teresa Svabikova 21-13 21-13.
England’s Freya Redfearn scored the most impressive comeback of the day, fighting off two match points against Sweden’s Ashwathi Pillai to book her spot against third seed Yvonne Li. Redfearn trailed all through the second game after losing the first, and after edging through from 18-20, took the match 16-21 22-20 21-14.
There were no surprises in any of yesterday’s matches. Among the close results were Germany’s Jones Ralfy Jansen/Kilasu Ostermeyer’s 16-21 23-21 21-10 win over Russia’s Evgenij Dremin/Evgenia Dimova.
Powerhouses France had a good second day, posting victories in all their matches. Among the winners were Thomas Rouxel, Toma Junior Popov and Brice Leverdez in men’s singles, Marie Batomene in women’s singles, and Ronan Labar/Anne Tran and Eloi Adam/Margot Lambert in mixed doubles.