POLCANOVA and NI Xia Lian joins elite in Gondomar
ITTF Europe Top 16 Cup
The list of participants at the most prestigious European event, ITTF Europe Top 16 Cup in Portugal’s city of Gondomar (5th February to 7th February 2016) is slightly changed. Two Netherlands representatives, no. four in Europe LI Jie and Europe’s no. six , the European Games winner LI Jiao canceled their arrival. First two replacements Sofia POLCANOVA of Austria and NI Xia Lian of Luxembourg confirmed their participation.
The no. one seed in Portugal is Petrissa SOLJA of Germany, Europe’s no. two, followed by Elizabeta SAMARA (Romania), HU Melek (Turkey), LIU Jia (Austria), Georgina POTA (Hungary), LI Qian (Poland), Tetyana BILENKO (Ukraine), SHEN Yanfei (Spain), Irene IVANCAN (Germany), Polina MIKHAILOVA (Russia), Sabine WINTER (Germany), WU Jiaduo (Germany), Margaryta PESOTSKA (Ukraine), Leila OLIVEIRA (Portugal).
The men’s list remains the same. In Portugal will play 2015 champion Germany’s Dimitrij OVTCHAROV of Germany followed by Old Continent’s no. two, his compatriot Timo BOLL. Already at the position no. three, host nation has their challenger to the throne, Marcos FREITAS (Portugal), followed by Vladimir SAMSONOV (Belarus), Andrej GACINA (Croatia), Stefan FEGERL (Austria), Robert GARDOS (Austria), Panagiotis GIONIS (Greece), Tiago APOLONIA (Portugal), Pär GERELL (Sweden), Simon GAUZY (France), Alexander SHIBAEV (Russia), Ruwen FILUS (Germany), Kristian KARLSSON (Sweden), Bastian STEGER (Germany), João MONTEIRO (Portugal).
The reserves are: Adrien MATTENET (France), Patrick FRANZISKA (Germany), Patrick BAUM (Germany), Michael MAZE (Denmark), KOU Lei (Ukraine).
The Top 16 is a qualification event for the World Cup.