by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
The talented 17 year old beat Kay Stumper (5-11, 11-4, 14-12, 11-7) and Tobias Hippler (11-7, 4-11, 11-9, 11-4).
The wins for Leo de Nodrest came after Tobias Hippler had given Germany the ideal start by overcoming Bastien Rembert in a contest that ebbed and flowed, with Tobias Hippler emerging victorious by the very narrowest of margins (16-18, 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10). Meanwhile sandwiched in between the performances of Leo de Nodrest, Jules Rolland accounted for Cedric Meissner in four games (5-11, 11-4, 14-12, 11-7) to sway the momentum inextricably in favour of France.
“I’d played Tobias earlier this year in March and lost, I don’t like playing against his style of play. He is consistent but today, he was not his best. At the start of the match I used my reverse forehand service, he got used to so then I used the more usual method, just kept things simple. Overall I was ready.” Leo do Nodrest.
Success for France, in the contest to determine seventh place it was success for the Chinese Taipei; they beat the United States by three matches to one.
Backbone of the success was Feng Yi-Hsin; he beat both Sharon Alguetti (11-3, 11-6, 11-2) and Nikhil Kumar (12-10, 11-8, 11-1). The one further win for Chinese Taipei was recorded in the second match of the fixture when Li Hsin-Ying beat Nikhil Kumar 11-9, 11-9, 11-8). The one win for the United States was secured by Kanak Jha, in the third match of the engagement, he overcame Tai Ming-Wei (11-6, 11-9, 11-8).
France and Germany finished matters in their seeded positions, for Chinese Taipei, they were the no.4 seeds, the United States the no.9 seeds.