Table Tennis World Cup: German Mixed medal sure, double in the quarterfinals
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Budapest (AP) - Timo Boll is allowed to dream at the Table Tennis World Cup of two medals. In mixed the German team in Budapest has even bronze for sure.
Above all, two emotional wins by Boll and Patrick Franziska in men's doubles and Petrissa Solja and Franziska in mixed doubles have even in the world championships pushed the completely surprising departure of Dimitrij Ovtcharov in the individual in the background.
In a competition frequent player Franziska drew first with his friend Boll in the quarterfinals. Against the two Frenchmen Tristan Flore and Emmanuel Lebesson it was said after a 3: 0 sentence and the 3: 3 equalizer at the end 4: 3. Only a few minutes later, the world ranking-18. from 1 FC Saarbrücken with Solja again in the round of the best eight mixed at the table, defeated Masataka Morizono and Mima Ito from Japan in 4: 2 sets - and injured only four points before the semi-finals on the big toe.
"I felt a crack. Apparently nothing is broken, "said Franziska afterwards. "We said to each other: I just go through those things and do not move much anymore."
His next two missions the following day wants the 26-year-old "definitely pull through". They are not in danger, subject to further medical examination. In doubles, together with Boll, they will first play against the Portuguese Tiago Apolonia and Joao Monteiro. Again, if you reach the semifinals, at least the bronze medal sure. Because third places will not be played extra at a World Cup. In mixed then comes the last hurdle on the way to the final again from Japan. Maharu Yoshimura and Kasumi Ishikawa won the 2017 title in Düsseldorf. At that time, Petrissa Solja already won bronze with the Chinese Fang Bo.
Record European champion Boll is still the only German in the race after his convincing 4-0 victory over the Japanese Morizono in singles. In both competitions, the 38-year-old also has the luck to meet only in the final on opponents from China. In the individual he gets to do it in the round of the top 16 with the world ranking tithing Jang Woojin from South Korea. "I try to get everything out," said the star of the German table tennis, who so far only won silver once in the double (2005) and once in bronze in the individual (2011) in an individual World Cup. "I'm glad I worked well in the tournament."
That the much-strained Franziska eliminated in the individual against the South Korean Lee Sangsu (1: 4), was not a big surprise. That it caught Ovtcharov at a World Cup again prematurely, however, already. The 30-year-old lost 3: 4 against Tomislav Pucar from Croatia. "That was not good enough today," said Ovtcharov disappointed. After major injury problems, the former European champion had just returned to the international top. At a World Cup, however, he has never been beyond the round of the last sixteen.
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