Tournaments

06 Nov 2018

Staged in Linz, at the 2005 World Junior Championships, one young man from the host nation attracted attention as being a player with a special talent, a name to note.

Now 13 years later, on Tuesday 6th November, in the same city, Stefan Fegerl emerged the only player from the home country to succeed in the second preliminary round of the Men’s Singles event, in the qualification tournament for places in the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum Liebherr Austrian Open.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Now 30 years old, to some extent the potential as a teenager was realized, he accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Peng Wang-Wei (11-1, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6) to keep main draw hopes alive.

“I am happy with this victory and I am also happy with my performance. I was sick for one week and had not expected to be in such good shape now. For me it was important to have German League last weekend, there I won the last match for my club and took some self-confidence. So I went relaxed into the match, even when he took second set and was leading in third I believed in myself; then I changed some tactics and played more to the middle, that was the key to success.” Stefan Fegerl

One success for Austria in the second preliminary round of the Men’s Singles event, it was the same number for Latin America. Gustavo Tsuboi beat Denmark’s Anders Lind (11-13, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-6, 11-6) to emerge the continent’s only winner.

“It was an extremely tight match; he led by three games to two. So I am very glad that I am in the next round; his services were enormously strong. Also, he played with a lot of spin. Every step here in Linz is difficult.” Gustavo Tsuboi

Play in the qualification tournament concludes on Wednesday 7th November.

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Qualification Day 1 - Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum Liebherr Austrian Open