Tournaments

22 Sep 2018

Disappointment earlier in the day when experiencing defeat at the quarter-final stage of the Women’s Doubles event, Germany’s Petrissa Solja and Sabine Winter more than made up for the disappointment later in the day at the Liebherr 2018 ITTF European Championships in Alicante.

As morning turned to afternoon on Saturday 22nd September, both caused upsets.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Petrissa Solja, the no.15 seed, beat Hungary’s Georgina Pota, the no.8 seed (11-8, 11-5, 12-10, 14-12), before Sabine Winter, the no.14 seed, once again showed her abilities against the defensive art; she accounted for Li Jie of the Netherlands, the no.2 seed and the runner up in 2015 in Ekaterinburg. Sabine Winter prevailed in six games (11-3, 12-10, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9).

Wins against the odds for two German players and in a similar vein there was success for one more; Han Ying, the no.9 seed and winner of the Mixed Doubles title the previous day in partnership with colleague Ruwen Filus, overcame Sweden’s Matilda Ekholm, the no.6 seed. Most impressively Han Ying prevailed in four straight games (11-7, 11-7, 11-6, 11-3).

Three upsets and all caused by German players, in the remaining third round Women’s Singles contests matters proceeded according to status, the fourth German player on duty experiencing defeat. Nina Mittelham, the no.16 seed, suffered at the hands of Romania’s Bernadette Szocs, the no.4 seed (13-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9).

Similarly, as predicted Austria’s Sofia Polcanova, the top seed, beat Britt Eerland of the Netherlands, the no.12 seed (11-9, 11-5, 11-3, 11-2, 11-8), Poland’s Li Qian, the no.5 seed secured victory against fellow defender, Polina Mikhailova, the no.13 seed (11-2, 11-8, 12-14, 8-11, 11-4, 12-10).

Meanwhile, Margaryta Pesotska won the battle of the qualifiers, she ended the hopes of the Czech Republic’s Aneta Kucerova (11-6, 11-9, 12-10, 11-2), whilst in the engagement of the double barrelled names, Katarzyna Grzybowska Franc brought Poland more success. She beat Romania’s Daniela Monteiro Dodean (10-12, 11-8, 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3).

At the quarter-final stage Sofia Polcanova meets Petrissa Solja, Han Ying opposes Margaryta Pesotska; in the opposite half of the draw it is Bernadette Szocs versus Li Qian, Katarzyna Grzybowska-Franc in opposition to Sabine Winter.

The matches will be staged later in the day in the afternoon session of play.

2018 Liebherr European Championships Georgina Pota Petrissa Solja Li Jie Sabine Winter
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