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Germany secured medal rostrum


For a third time at the row at the World Teams Championships Germany is at the medal rostrum. In the quarterfinal of the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championship, European champions overcame Singapore. “Our self confidence was at the highest leve

For a third time at the row at the World Teams Championships Germany is at the medal rostrum. In the quarterfinal of the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championship, European champions overcame Singapore.

“Our self confidence was at the highest level. We were ready for this duel,” stated coach Jorg ROSSKOPF. “The crucial moment was the victory over GAO Ning. When you beat him, the 50 percent of the job is done. BOLL’s match was very important and he was at the top of the task. In case of his defeat it will be very complicated to achieve victory.”

Next in line will be Japan. “When we saw the draw that was something what we predicted. They are in good shape and I am sure it will be very good match. We witnessed yesterday how good they were against Portugal. For me, Portugal was the main contender for the medal here, and they lost 0:3 against Japan.”

Dimitrij OVTCHAROV opened the match with the victory over CHEW Zhe Yu Clarence. “The world rankings difference is wide. Since I am no. 8 in the world I had to win this one. I was not happy with my performance against Ukraine, so I was more determent.”

Tomorrow we can expect the fully packed Arena in the Yoyogi  Gymnasium. “That is the thing that motivates me. I wish I could play every week at the full stadium like football players does. It is inspiring and I can not wait for the match to start.”

Timo BOLL showed no weak points in the game against GAO Ning. “It was all about service and return. I was good at that points and I nullified all his efforts to play longer rallies. In the case of opposite scenario he will create much more chances. When I imposed my rhythm I was safe.” Explained Timo BOLL. For Japan’s team, Timo had nothing but words of praise. “They have five very strong players. It will not be easy at all.”

At the first senior World Teams Championships Patrick FRANZISKA reached semi final. “I was little nervous, so at the beginning against PANG Xue Je I failed to set a right tactics. He surprised me because he changed his style. I had to focus on small things. Also I was not happy having one day break in the middle, but after first game I settled down and things went my way.”

Milica NIKOLIC, EWT

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