Players from Germany in both Doubles finalsPhoto: Richard Kalosai
LIEBHERR 2016 ITTF European Championships
Germany secured one gold in tomorrow’s Women’s Doubles and will play for another in Men’s Doubles final. In the all- German final of the Women’s Doubles Event at the 2016 ITTF LIEBHERR European Championships Kristin SILBEREISEN and Sabine WINTER of Germany will meet SHAN Xiaona and Petrissa SOLJA.
Both German pairings recovered to win their semi final encounters. SHAN Xiaona and Petrissa SOLJA prevailed against European champions from 2012 in Herning and 2009 in Stuttgart Daniela MONTEIRO DODEAN and Elizabeta SAMARA of Romania (12-14, 12-10, 4-11, 11-3, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11).
“Now we are not under the stress any more. We secured gold and silver for Germany. In addition we played against our final adversaries so many time in Bundesliga and we know each other very well. We can go and have the coffee together after that match,” said SOLJA.
Inspired by the enthusiastic supporters, Dora MARADARASZ and Szandra PERGEL had a good start against SILBEREISEN and WINTER. Hungarian players had 3:1 lead, before German pairings recovered (11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 6-11, 9-11).
“After we were down 1:3, we changed the tactics. Mostly we changed the service. We had to put a little bit more of variations in the game,” said WINTER.
In Men’s Doubles Final Patrick FRANZISKA of Germany and Jonathan GROTH of Denmark will meet Jakub DYJAS and Daniel GORAK of Poland.
German pairings prevailed against runners up from Herning 2012, Kristian KARLSSON and Mattias KARLSSON of Sweden (11-4, 11-6, 11-6, 11-13, 13-11).
“I am happy with the way we played in three opening game, but after that we became little bit nervous. We realized we are close to the final. It put some pressure on us. The last two game were very close,” said GROTH.
DYJAS and GORAK beat Tiago APOLONIA and Joao GERALDO of Portugal on their way to the ultimate stage (11-9,12-10,9-11,7-11,11-6,11-9).
“The combination of Denmark’s and German player is very good, but since we get so far we will not give up. We are very confident in our game,” said DYJAS.