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ETTU Cup Men - 20 Mar 2013

All-Polish Men’s ETTU Cup final stands out…


We can see we are approaching the closing stages of the Men’s Cup by the fierce battles between the last four remaining clubs in the competition. Both matches of the first leg in the semi final of the Men’s ETTU Cup concluded after full five matches. Ever

We can see we are approaching the closing stages of the Men’s Cup by the fierce battles between the last four remaining clubs in the competition. Both matches of the first leg in the semi final of the Men’s ETTU Cup concluded after full five matches. Everything, before the start of the second leg this weekend is open – but still Polish teams are the ones with the advantage. Istres Tennis de Table suffered by the hands of players from Dartom Bogoria Grodzisk on their home soil, whilst Olimpia Unia Grudziadz beat UMMC Ekaterinburg.

In Istres Dartom Bogoria Grodzisk prevailed in close match, three out of five duels went full distance. CHEN Jian beat Daniel GORAK and JIANG Tianyi in five games and by same margin Christophe LEGOUT lost against JIANG Tianyi. “Robert FLORAS gave us very important point against Antoine HACHARD. There was also big team spirit and team work for the victory. Every Bogoria’s player won one game and that was enough for 3:2,” stated Manager Marta STEMPNOWSKA.

The goal for the team is clear: “We are determined to win in any style and any result – even again 3:2 after table tennis thriller. Our goal is to achieve first ETTU Cup final in club history. We can not wait for Saturday. We especially count on Daniel GÓRAK who is in his best career shape. He won 14 out of 16 last games in various matches and competitions.”

Club slipped to second position in Polish league. The second semifinalists from Poland Olimpia-Unia Grudziadz took over the leading position by one point. “We will play against Olimpia-Unia on March 25th in16th leg of Polish table tennis Superleague. We are looking forward that match.”

Sports Director of Istres Eric MASSON explained that every match was open and also pointed that duel between HACHARD and FLORAS was crucial.  “Every single match was important; every point of every game was hard to score! The third game was most certainly the turning point of the match.”

Now they are facing even bigger challenge since they will play in Poland. “In order to win in Grodzisk, our three players will have to be very efficient and a little lucky too. The Polish team is obviously favorite as they are playing at home, nevertheless this narrow defeat give us space for hope. We are really motivated and we are going to play very freely,” promised Director MASSON. DARTOM Bogoria Grodzisk Mazowiecki – Istres will be broadcasted  ”live on Laola1.tv

UMMC Ekaterinburg struggled in Grudziadz. HOU Yingchao won both encounters, against Bartosz SUCH and HUANG Sheng Sheng, but on the other side all three players SUCH, HUANG and Tomislav KOLAREK gave their contribution to the victory.  “Polish team played really good and on our side TAN Rui Wu and Grigory VLASOV failed to produce their usual level of play. We hope to show our selfs in better light in front of our home supporters,” said Manager Alexandra YASINOVSKAYA.

Milica NIKOLIC, EWT

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