by Simon Daish
Turning heads with his historic outing at the Safir International where he took home both the Swedish Junior and Cadet Open Junior Boys’ Singles title and elite Men’s Singles gold, Truls Moregard is most certainly a player with plenty of confidence on his side and has the perfect opportunity to to make an even bigger statement at the summit of the Swedish game.
The 17-year-old star, seeded fifth, heads to Eskilstuna as a major candidate to take home silverware at the 2019 Swedish National Championships but he will have to be at his very best with a plethora of big-name talent also eyeing up the top step of the medals podium.
Leading the field in the Men’s Singles event is Sweden’s highest ranked player at international level, Mattias Falck. Suffering a shock opening round exit at the CCB 2019 ITTF Europe Top 16 Cup competition last month but you can bet your bottom dollar that he will do his utmost to live up to expectations as top seed.
Another big contender in the title race, defending champion Kristian Karlsson enters the draw in the no.2 seeded position and then there’s Anton Källberg, who came away with the top prize two years back.
Making things even more interesting, the winner in Eskilstuna will be rewarded with a spot in Sweden’s player line-up for the upcoming Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships.
Mattias Falck, Kristian Karlsson and Jon Persson have already been selected to represent Sweden at the 2019 World Championships, therefore if the title ends up going to one of the trio then the two remaining squad positions will be filled by wildcards.