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Europe Top-16 Cup - 2 Feb 2018

MIKHAILOVA aware of importance of every single point

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China Construction Bank 2018 ITTF Europe Top 16 Cup

 

Russia`s Polina MIKHAILOVA, actual world no. 44, is ready for her fourth consecutive participation at the China Construction Bank 2018 ITTF Europe Top 16 Cup (February 3-4th) to be played in Montreux Salle Omnisport du Pierrier. Four-time bronze medalist from ITTF-European Championships - one individual (Yekaterinburg 2015) and three Team events – speaks about her goal in her new attempt at the competition where she begins as no. 14 seed…

 

“So my goal for the top 16 is to reach semifinal and to qualify for a World Cup I know it will be difficult but I will try”, stressed player of Hungarian Szekszard and Russian National Team.

 

It will be your 4th consecutive Top16. What do you remember most from previous three events?

 

“Yes it will be my 4th event and 3 times I finished tournament on a group stage I remember how on Top 16 in Portugal me and 2 more players had same amount of won and lost matches and also sets so it was necessary to count points and I was the last in this triangle. So it’s not the best memory but this came to my head...”

 

Favorites and possible upsets at China Construction Bank 2018 ITTF Europe Top 16 Cup?

 

“I can’t say favorite as all depends on draw and shape of players I think in Europe almost everyone can win everyone”.

 

What about your plans and goals for 2018?

 

“For 2018 my goal is to get higher in a world ranking to qualify for a World Cup (never took part in this tournament) and also this year will be single European championship I would like to reach medal there”.

 

Your moments to remember in 2017?

 

“From 2017 best memory was Team European Championship in Luxembourg where we took bronze it’s always great feeling and very good achievement for me and my national team”.

 

In your opinion, who was World's best athlete of the 2017?

 

“My opinion best athlete was Dima OVCHAROV how he played all season and how many tournaments he won and also became number one in world ranking it’s amazing”.

 

In Montreux (on 3rd and 4th February) will play Dimitrij OVTCHAROV of Germany, Timo Boll of Germany, Simon GAUZY of France, Vladimir SAMSONOV of Belarus, KOU Lei of Ukraine, Ruwen FILUS of Germany, Kristian KARLSSON of Sweden, Alexander SHIBAEV of Russia, Bastian STEGER of Germany, Jonathan GROTH of Denmark, Emmanuel LEBESSON of France, Tiago APOLONIA of Portugal, Mattias KARLSSON of Sweden, Panagiotis GIONIS of Greece, Stefan FEGERL of Austria, Lionel WEBER of Switzerland.

 

In Women’s Top 16 will play: LI Jie of Netherlands, Elizabeta SAMARA of Romania, Georgina POTA of Hungary, Sofia POLCANOVA of Austria, Petrissa SOLJA of Germany, LI Qian of Poland, Matilda EKHOLM of Sweden, Daniela MONTEIRO DODEAN and Bernadette SZOCS of Romania, Viktoria PAVLOVICH of Belarus, NI Xia Lian of Luxembourg, Polina MIKHAILOVA of Russia, Sabine WINTER of Germany, Tetyana BILENKO of Ukraine and Rachel MORET of Switzerland.

 

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