Inta Zdanovska - Triple National Champion

Inta & Diana National Doubles Champs 2017

Inta (left) pictured with Diana in the Womens Doubles final -wearing Draycott shirts

Draycott’s two Latvian Internationals Inta Zdanovska and Diana Rusinova returned home to compete in the Latvian National Championships. It was to be Inta’s day returning back to Derby as a Triple National Champion

In the Mixed Doubles Inta partnered her former Ezermala Club teammate Sandijs Vasiljevs and in the Q/final got the better of Diana and her partner Gints Eihmans 3-0. In the semi final the unseeded pair scored another impressive 3-0 win over the No.2 seeds and then in the final faced top seeds Olegs Kartuzovs & Baiba Bogdanova and this proved to be a much tighter contest. Inta and Sandijs held a 2-1 lead but then lost the 4th end 11-3 and so it went to the final end with Inta and Sandijs taking the title 11-4 winning 3-2

Inta partnered Diana in the Women’s Doubles and all those doubles practice sessions at Draycott paid off as they won both the Q/final and Semi-final 3-0 and then face top seeds Baiba Bogdanova and Olga Kartuzova in the final. Despite the loss of the 2nd game Inta and Diana took the title 3-1

In the Singles event Inta was No.1 seed and Diana was seeded No.3. Inta was in great form progressing through both the Q/ final and semi-final 4-0 however Diana faced a tough semi-final battle against former Club team mate Baiba Bogdanova – the No.2 seed.

It was a very close match with Diana edging it 4-3 and so set up the final against Inta. This was again another tough match but it was Inta’s day as she took her third National title by 4 games to 2 winning the National Women’s Singles title for the 2nd time having previously won the title in 2009








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