Tournaments

01 May 2018

Good form from the very start of play, Korea continued that good form and their unbeaten run on the evening of Tuesday 1st May in the Men’s event at the Liebherr 2018 World Championships in the Swedish west coast resort of Halmstad.

The no.5 seeds with Lee Sangsu, Jeong Youngsik and Jang Woojin on duty, they recorded a three-nil win in opposition the French outfit comprising Emmanuel Lebesson, Simon Gauzy and Quentin Robinot, the no.4 seeds.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

Success for Korea means that they are guaranteed a place in the main draw, however, as to who will join them is very uncertain.

Austria represented by Daniel Habesohn, Stefan Fegerl and Robert Gardos enhanced their chances by recording a three-nil win in opposition to the Polish combination of Jakub Dyjas, Marek Badowski and Patryk Zatowka.

Similarly, India staked their claim but in a very different manner; they recovered from a three matches to nil deficit to beat Croatia. Sharath Kamal Achanta suffered at the hands of Andrej Gacina (5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9), before Sathiyan Gnanasekaran experienced defeat when in opposition to Tomislav Pucar (7-11, 11-5, 15-13, 11-7).

Matters looking bleak for India, cometh the hour, cometh the man; Harmeet Desai sparked the recovery. He accounted for Frane Kojic (11-3, 8-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-7), before Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Andrej Gacina (12-10, 12-10, 11-7) and Sharath Kamal Achanta overcame Tomislav Pucar (11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 10-12, 11-5) to complete the recovery.

The results mean that France, Austria, India and Croatia all have the same number of points; in the concluding contests France plays Poland, Korea opposes Croatia, Austria faces India.

Standings (after four series): Korea 8pts, France 6pts, Austria 6pts, India 6pts, Croatia 6pts, Poland 4pts (one point is awarded for presence, one for a win).

2018 World Team Championships Lee Sangsu Jeoung Youngsik Jang Woojin
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