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Champions League Men - 9 May 2016

XU Hui sees 50-50 chance for the TTCLM title

Photo: Eslovs Al Bordtennis FB page

Everybody in the Eslovs` team feels proud about their victory (3:1) against Pontoise in the first final leg, but coach Peter ANDERSSON warns: "We are only halfway"

 

Eslovs Al Bordtennis achieved one of its biggest ever victories last Saturday, defeating AS Pontoise Cergy 3:1 in the first final leg of 2015/16 TTCLM, but importance of that accomplishment in the club`s history will depend on the returning match (May 29th in Pontoise). Swedish club has a chance to go down in history as the lowest ranked TTCLM champion, starting this season as no. 14 seed.

 

Usualy Chinese XU Hui is a key player for Eslov`s team, but this time he was even more than that: in the decisive match he overcame world`s no. 12 Marcos FREITAS in straight games! Although he is not ranked on the World`s ITTF list, Coach Peter ANDERSSON stressed for the club`s website that XU showed against Pontoise that “deserves to be among the Top 10 in the world”,

 

"Everything is still open. In the returning match both sides will have 50-50 chance”, stressed XU Hui who has the best individual TTCLM score (17-4) in the ongoing season.

 

After two matches the score was 1:1, and then Mattias OVERSJO beat WANG Jian Jun in four sets. Swedish player emphasized that he “managed to play his own game thanks to good start". Coach ANDERSSON warns his players that the 2014 TTCLM champion is able to beat each team in straight games:

 

“We are only halfway. But, if repeat this play, we are hard to beat”!

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