Russia has a strong showing in the individual event and Italy takes down the team title.
Arianna Errigo (ITA) entered as the #1 seed but had to be content with 3rd place at the Budapest Women’s Foil World Cup. Errigo retained her #1 world ranking. She fought her way to the semi-finals where she fell to eventual champion Inna Deriglazova (RUS), pictured left, 15-13.
Deriglazova defeated her teammate Larisa Korobeynikova (RUS) 15-13 in the finals.
The top-8 featured several upset-minded foilists as #67 Anita Blaze (FRA) made her way to the top-8 before losing to 19th seed Korobeynikova.
Only two of the top-8 seeds (Errigo and Deriglazova) survived to the quarter-finals.
Russia had the strongest individual showing overall with 3 fencers in the final-8 and an all-Russia championship match. France and Italy each placed two fencers in the top-8.
The top showing for the United States was Nicole Ross, who entered the event as the 16th seed. She won her first elimination match against Olena Khismatulina (UKR) 12-3 and then fell in the next round to Viktoria Kozyreva (RUS) 15-13. Ross finished 21st.
The upset of the day was Elisa Di Francisca, the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist fell in the round of 32 to Gabriella Varga (HUN) 15-10 to finish 17th. This is Di Francisca’s worst finish since a 17th place result in March 2012.
This event did not do much to change the top of the world rankings. The top 3 slot remain with Italy (Errigo, Di Francisca, and Vezzali).
In the team event, Italy shined with a 45-34 victory over France in the finals to take the event. Russia, despite a strong individual showing, fell in the quarter finals 29-28 to Germany. Italy put forward a team of Errigo, Di Francisca, Ilaria Salvatori, and Alice Volpi
Italy took the #1 seed and ran with it, dispatching Hungary 45-38 then Poland 45-25 before their final match with France.
France opened the day by defeating China 45-30 and then crushed Germany 45-19.
The United States lost their quarter final match against Poland 41-26. In the placement rounds the US lost 45-34 to Hungary and then defeated China 45-26 to take 7th place.
Individual Results (Top-8) Budapest Women’s Foil World Cup
FIE Women’s Foil: Team World Rankings (2/11/2013)