Slovenia Open: Georgina POTA invincible in both eventsPhoto: Courtesy ITTF
Hungary`s player reached Women`s Singles semi-final and Women`s Doubles final at 2017 ITTF Challenge Slovenia Open in the city of Otocec
Best ranked Hungary`s player Georgina POTA had very successful penultimate day of the 2017 ITTF Challenge Slovenia Open in the city of Otocec. World No. 30 reached Women`s Singles semi-final and Women`s Doubles final, playing alongside Sweden`s Matilda EKHOLM. This pair clinched gold at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour India Open two months ago.
Women`s Singles Round of 16 brought several interesting clashes. Second seeded Matilda EKHOLM lost to Linz`s player ZHANG Mo from Canada in five games. The 2015 individual European champion Elizabeta SAMARA lost to Chinese Taipei`s CHENG Hsien-Tzu 4:1 (11:9, 11:7, 6:11, 13:11, 11:3), while Netherland`s Britt EERLAND prevailed against Thailand`s Suthasini SAWETTABUT after full seven games 4:3 (11:9, 17:15, 11:9, 7:11, 5:11, 7:11, 11:7). Georgina POTA beat Puerto Rico`s Adriana DIAZ in straight games.
In the quarter-final stage, Britt EERLAND suffered at the hands of CHENG Hsien-Tzu (TPE) who reversed the score from 2:3 to 4:3. POTA defeated Korea`s PARK Joohyun 4:2 (13:15, 11:7, 11:8, 11:4, 9:11, 11:6). Two Japan`s players, No. 1 and No. 3 seeds Hitomi SATO (World No. 9) and Honoka HASHIMOTO (No. 22) also reached semifinal spots. Semi-final pairs are: Hitomi SATO - CHENG Hsien-Tzu, Georgina POTA – Honoka HASHIMOTO.
Concerning Men`s Singles event, Bastian STEGER set all-German semi-final against his much younger compatriot Kilian ORT. Member of bronze-winning Germany team last summer in 2016 Rio Olympics, STEGER plays his first international tournament after six month break due to injury. He had a very hard task in the Round of 16, playing full seven games against Kazuhiro YOSHIMURA 4:3 (12:10, 11:5, 14:12, 6:11, 3:11, 7:11, 11:9). Other semi-final game will confront Sweden`s Jon PERSSON and Czech Republic`s Tomas TREGLER who managed to recover after 0:2 against Russia`s Alexey LIVENTSOV.
Hungary`s Nandor ECSEKI and Adam SZUDI secured their place in the final game in the Men`s Doubles, as they beat Iran`s Nima ALAMIAN and Noshad ALAMIYAN 3:2 (11:8, 7:11, 8:11, 11:6, 11:7). Other finalists are Korea`s CHOI Wonjin and LEE Jungwoo who eliminated Sweden`s Jens LUNDQVIST and Jon PERSSON in four games.
Two European pairs will fight for the gold in the Women`s Doubles event. Elizabeta SAMARA (ROU) and Renata STRBIKOVA (CZE) overcame Honoka HASHIMOTO/Hitomi SATO from Japan 3:1 (11:9, 11:13, 11:8, 11:8), while Matilda EKHOLM and Georgina POTA beat Germany`s Chantal MANTZ/WAN Yuan 3:0 (11:7, 11:7, 11:4).