by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
There were few problems for Tomislav Pucar. He accounted for Poland’s Patryk Zatowka (11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9), before overcoming Sweden’s Simon Berglund (11-8, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9) and Romania’s Alexandru Manole (11-3, 11-6, 11-8, 11-4).
“I expected I can beat him, it was good match for the start”, Tomislav Pucar after overcoming Patryk Zatowka
A comfortable day for Tomislav Pucar; for Darko Jorgic life was more testing. After beating Turkey’s Abdullah Yigenler in five games (16-14, 13-15, 11-7, 11-8, 11-3), he was extended the full seven games distance by Patryk Zatowka’s colleague, Marek Badowski (11-7, 6-11, 11-13, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7).
Two wins under the belt, Darko Jorgic completed the day in some style; he beat Gleb Shamruk of Belarus in straight games (11-5, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7).
“It is little bit strange to play with such a system, with another round of group matches for the seeded players but I do not expect any troubles on my path to the knock out phase tomorrow”, Darko Jorgic at the start of play.
Difficulties for Darko Jorgic but not when compared with Anton Källberg; after beating Denmark’s Tobias Rasmussen (11-6, 11-8, 11-13, 11-7, 15-13), he lost to Tomas Kotowski, like Patryk Zatowka and Marek Badowski from Poland. He experienced defeat in five games (11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9).
The possibility of elimination; immediately Anton Källberg responded. He accounted for England’s Tom Jarvis in four straight games (11-5, 11-3, 11-6, 11-4). Success meant that he finished the group with two wins, the same number as Tom Jarvis; the Englishman having earlier beaten Tomasz Kotowski (6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8) and Denmark’s Tobias Rasmussen (7-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-2).
“The key was to make no mistakes on the receive game. He plays unbelievable. So far we never played against each other but I studied his game on the YouTube”, Tomasz Kotowski after beating Anton Källberg.
Meanwhile, in the group vacated by Elias Ranefur, the player to seize the advantage was Slovenia’s Deni Kozul.
He secured first place in the group by overcoming Denmark’s Anders Lind in a tense seven games duel decided by the narrowest of margins (9-11, 11-6, 5-11, 13-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9), before defeating Hungary’s Bence Majoros to seal top spot (11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 12-10).
Players finishing in first and second places in each group advance to the main draw; in addition to Tom Jarvis, in the top four groups there were second places for Patryk Zatowka, Marek Badowski and Anders Lind.
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