30 Apr 2017

Shocks, shudders and shell shock had pervaded the Men’s Singles event at the 2017 ITTF Challenge Slovenia Open in Otocec, as seeds depart at the hands of ambitious qualifiers; eventually on the concluding day of play, Sunday 30th April, a degree of sanity returned to the proceedings.

At the semi-final stage, seeds prevailed against adversaries who had been required to compete in the two day qualification tournament.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Bastian Steger, the top seed, beat compatriot Kilian Ort (12-10, 3-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-7); Sweden’s Jon Persson, the no.22 seed, overcame the Tomas Tregler (11-7, 16-14, 11-5, 11-7).

“The four-nil result sounds much easier as it actually was. I tried to make some tactical changes in some key moments and it worked all right. I am happy with my performance so far.” Bastian Steger

Success for Bastian Steger was followed by success for Jon Persson, the win being as status confirmed; presently on the Men’s World Rankings, Tomas Tregler is at no.151, Jon Persson at no.106.

Furthermore, the outcome was also according to past meetings; they had met on two previous occasions on the international scene, Jon Persson had prevailed on both occasions. He emerged successful in the Under 21 Men’s Singles event at the Liebherr 2007 German Open and four years later, also on the ITTF World Tour, in the Men’s Singles qualification stage in Austria.

“I felt I was in a good shape during the entire week and reaching the final was more than I expected. In the semi-final, I had a good start but I think the key moment of the match was being able to win the second game after he had several game points.”

The final will be played later today and will conclude play in Otocec.


Challenge Series 2017 Slovenian Open Bastian Steger Jon Persson Kilian Ort Tomas Tregler

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