Orenburg 6th time in a row in the TTCLM semi-finalPhoto: Courtesy Fakel Gazproma Orenburg
Reigning champion beat UMMC 3:2. Visitors arrived with only two players
Fakel Gazproma Orenburg reached its 6th consecutive TTCLM semi-final, defeating UMMC 3:2 in the returning leg of the all-Russian quarter-finals. Visitors arrived with only two players, Jun MIZUTANI and Alexander SHIBAEV, whilst Grigory VLASOV and Zoran PRIMORAC are currently on the 2016 ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open.
First and latest match were finished W.O. In the second Alexander SHIBAEV beat Vladimir SAMSONOV after full five games, then Jun MIZUTANI defeated Alexey SMIRNOV in four games, and, finally, Dimitrij OVTCHAROV overcame SHIBAEV in straight sets.
TTCLM quarter-final, returning leg
Fakel Gazproma Orenburg – UMMC 3:2 (1st leg 3:1)
Dimitrij OVTCHAROV, W.O.
Vladimir SAMSONOV – Alexander SHIBAEV 2:3 (8:11, 7:11, 5:11, 9:11, 10:12)
Alexey SMIRNOV – Jun MIZUTANI 1:3 (3:11, 14:12, 8:11, 14:16)
Dimitrij OVTCHAROV – Alexander SHIBAEV 3:0 (11:6, 11:9, 11:6)
Vladimir SAMSONOV, W.O.