21 May 2018

K.S. Dekorglass Dzialdowo has become the first Polish club to win the Men’s ETTU Cup with another resounding win against Chartres ASTT on Friday 18th May.

by Simon Daish

Wong Chun Ting set the wheels in motion for the hosts of the 2nd leg fixture, defeating Alexandre Robinot in straight games (11-9, 11-6, 11-3) before an eye-catching victory over Robert Gardos courtesy of Wang Yang (11-6, 4-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8) doubled K.S. Dekorglass Dzialdowo’s advantage.

The visitors did manage a response through Par Gerell, who proved too strong for Pawel Fertikowski (12-10, 11-3, 11-8) but it was little more than a consolation win for the French team as Jiri Vrablik contributed a clean sweep success against Romain Lorentz (11-3, 11-5, 11-8).

Poland had been represented in the final on two previous occasions with Dartom Bogoria Grodzisk and Olimpia Unia Grudziadz claiming the runner up prizes in the 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 finals respectively but this is the first time a team from the country has come away with the trophy.

Following a narrow contest in the opening leg of the Women’s ETTU Cup final, the return match was decided in a more straightforward fashion with Metz TT inflicting a 3-0 defeat upon Girbau-Vic TT.

Last time out Ni Xialian put in a standout performance for Spanish side Girbau-Vic TT but she was the first to experience defeat in the 2nd leg, losing out to Liu Xin by the closest of margins (9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9).

Then it was the turn of Carole Grundisch to put a win on the board for the home team, seeing off Wang Ting Ting across four games (11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6) prior to Yunli Schreiner’s victory over Ana Garcia (11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7) as Metz TT sealed their spot at the summit of the podium.

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2017-2018 ETTU Cup Wong Chun Ting Robert Gardos Alexandre Robinot Wang Yang