20 Oct 2018

Crowned European champion for the seventh time some five weeks earlier in Alicante; Timo Boll maintained his quite outstamding form in Paris on Saturday 20th October, to reserve his place in the penultimate round of the Liebherr 2018 ITTF Men’s World Cup.

The no.2 seed, he beat Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, the no.6 seed, in five games (9-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-5, 11-9) to guarantee, Germany a place in the final; at the semi-final stage he meets colleague Dimitrij Ovtcharov.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Win at the vital stage such was the situation in the opening game. Throughout Timo Boll led, just Tomokazu Harimoto won the last two points, the points that count.

Stung by the reverse, Timo Boll dominated the second game, the quicker to attack, over the table he excelled. A convincing success, the third day it was very different, in fact the opening game in reverse. Timo Boll trailed 8-10, before on his second game point securing victory.

A boost for Timo Boll, in the fourth game he went ahead 5-2, Tomokazu Harimoto called “Time Out”; the gap was too great, Timo Boll established a 10-5 lead, at the first time of asking he converted.

Tomokazu Harimoto to his great credit, fought true to his character but Timo Boll, resolute, was not to be moved. In the fifth game it was parity at 9-all but the German was serving. He took full advantage of the situation, two points in succession, a place in the semi-finals was reserved.

Furthermore, the result meant that Timo Boll avenged the defeat of their most recent meeting; after beating Tomokazu Harimoto at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour China Open, later in the year in the final at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Czech Open, the decision went in favour of Tomokazu Harimoto. In Paris, Timo Boll settled the score.

The semi-finals commence at 11.00 am (local time) on Sunday 21st October to be followed by the third place match and final later in the day.

World Cup 2018 Liebherr Men's World Cup Timo Boll Tomokazu Harimoto

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