Tin-Tin Ho has a gold medal around her neck after she and Karoline Mischek won the women’s doubles at the European Under-21 Championships.
Having yesterday overcome the second seeds to reach the last four, Ho and her Austrian team-mate saw off fifth seeds Zhang & Zarif in the semi-finals to take their place in the gold medal match.
Their opponents were the Wegrzyn sisters from Poland and it was a big opportunity for the pairing, seeded seventh, as they faced a pair ranked 19th.
And it was an opportunity they took, though not without a struggle at times as they won it 3-0 (11-8, 15-13, 11-8) – overturning a 6-1 deficit in the final game to get on the top step of the podium.
Tin-Tin said: “I’m really happy to get the gold. We played together at the Portugal Open recently and we lost our first match, so we didn’t know what to expect. But we know each other’s games really well because we practise together in Linz and we complement each other.
“I don’t think we thought about winning and losing at any point, we just wanted to keep working away, even when we were down in games, and we were really calm.
“It’s definitely up there with my other achievements – to be the Under-21 European champion is a great feeling.”
Ho & Mischek bt Xuan Zhang (ESP) & Audrey Zarif (FRA) 3-2 (12-10, 4-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-9)
Ho & Mischek bt Anna Wegrzyn & Katarzyna Wegrzyn (POL) 3-0 (11-8, 15-13, 11-8)