10 Jun 2018

Top seed Timo Boll won't be making an appearance in the Men's Singles semi-finals at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Lion Japan Open after the German player announced his withdrawal from the proceedings in Kitakyushu due to injury problems.

by Simon Daish

Timo Boll had been scheduled to meet China’s Zhang Jike in the top half of the semi-finals draw on Sunday 10th June for a place in the final but with the match now not going ahead, the latter player will automatically progress to the title contest.

The neck injury, which originated at the 2016 Olympic Games, was beginning to show signs of returning during Timo Boll’s quarter-finals tie with Japan’s Kenta Matsudaira and so the German has decided against adding any further risk to the issue.

Hear the unfortunate news from the man himself below:

World Tour 2018 Seamaster Lion Japan Open Timo Boll

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