13 Jul 2017

There is just one day to go until the Stag 2017 European Youth Championships officially commences on Friday 14th July before closing out on Sunday 23rd July in the Portuguese city of Guimarães and final preparations for the tournament are in full swing for Europe’s young table tennis stars.

One player who is worth watching closely at the tournament is Germany’s Sophia Klee, who is feeling especially confident about the doubles competitions at the event.

by Simon Daish

Sophia Klee is one of Germany’s brightest young talents in the sport and has shown much progress in her game in recent years.

Aged just 13 years, Sophia Klee is still in the very early stages of her table tennis journey but she is already making headlines after securing a move to Bundesliga club Bad Driburg. The young German star is aiming to turn professional in the future:

“That is my goal. If, as mentioned, if I continue to work well, I will try to become a professional… There are many players from whom you can look at something, but my role model is Liu Shiwen. She is number three in the world, I like her game system”, Sophia Klee.

For now though Klee’s immediate attention turns to the Stag 2017 European Youth Championships, and the German team has been working hard to prepare for each of the different competitions set to take place.

“We have had three preparatory courses during the last few weeks having trained singles, doubles and mixed doubles to create a team structure”, Sophia Klee.

Spectators were left stunned at the 2017 German National Championships in Bamburg, when Klee and her partner Anastasia Bondareva won the bronze medal in the Women’s Doubles competition and the two players also impressed at the 2017 Slovak Junior and Cadet Open by reaching the final of the Cadet Girls’ Doubles category.

Now Klee has the chance to shine on the continental scene, and she believes that there is an opportunity to leave Guimarães with silverware to her name.

“I see the greatest chances of success in the doubles and with the team… I will try to do my best and use the opportunities that are offered to me”, Sophia Klee.

Source: myTischtennis

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