Birkirkara Smart Office Supplies end first round with full points

Friday, March 28, 2014, 7:54

Birkirkara Smart Office Supplies won their derby match against Birkirkara Go & Fun to end the first round with full points. However, it was not an easy outing for the current leaders as Go & Fun didn’t go down without a fight.
Go & Fun took the early lead by winning the opening Mixed Doubles. Klara O’Berg / Stefan Salomone found little trouble in overcoming Marica Micallef / Samuel Cali, 21-14 21-11.
Song Chen Jun raised his team’s hopes of upsetting the league favourites as he claimed the Men’s Singles at the expense of Stephen Ferrante. The latter did not settle down throughout the match and committed too many unforced errors, thus handing Chen Jun a relatively easy win, 21-12 21-14.
Seeing the match slipping from their hands, Birkirkara Smart Office Supplies had to react if they wanted to win the match.
Fiorella Sadowski decreased the deficit of her team by taking the Women’s Singles. The national champion was too strong for Jacqueline Abela DeGiovanni who, despite a worthy effort, eventually had to surrender, 21-11 21-13.
Go & Fun once again failed to close the match as the duo formed byCali / Ferrante managed to beat brothers Stefan and Ivan Salomone in a thrilling Men’s Doubles. Both sets were extremely balanced and could have gone either side, butCali / Ferrante were determined to remedy the defeats in their initial games, levelling the score, 22-20 21-19.
With the score standing at 2-2, the Women’s Doubles would decide the winner. The first set was yet another close battle with the two Birkirkara pairs keeping head-to-head till the last points. In the end, the more experienced Micallef / Sadowski managed to claim the set over Abela DeGiovanni / O’Berg, 21-19. This seemed to boost Micallef / Sadowski as they completed the comeback for their team, 21-13.
With this win, Birkirkara Smart Office Supplies ended the first round with full points and seem on the right track to retain the Mixed Teams League title for yet another season.

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