20. 10. 2018

WCH 2018 W: Mazzanti – “Serbia played great”; Chirichella - "Losing this way is really hard"

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A defeat in the finals always leaves a bitter taste, but Italy made a huge success at this World Championship.

 

They played great. Their serve and attack made it difficult for us. Our play was not consistent. Serbia showed strength. We did well but did not reach our goal which is unfortunate,” says Italy coach Davide Mazzanti.

Italy captain Cristina Chirichella:

They played really well. Losing this way is really hard. We did our best to the end.“

Italy player Monica De Gennaro:

It was a long tournament. We have played in the best way. It was regrettable to lose. We need to make a fresh start.“

Recall that the Serbian team defeated the Italian girls in the final of the World Champs!

 

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