Germany beat Korea Republic to meet Japan againPhoto: Courtesy of ITTF
Perfect 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Kuala Lumpur
Germany booked the place in the quarterfinal of the Women’s Event at the Perfect 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Kuala Lumpur and within the period of 24 hours, they will meet Japan again in the duel for the medal. In the Round of 16 they beat Korea Republic in straight matches.
Sabine WINTER gave the dream start for the team from Europe. She beat SEO Hyowon.
“The most important thing was to find the right draw. We wanted to avoid the situation where SOLJA will play against the player with the defensive style; we wanted IVANCAN to play against PARK and me against SEO. We get it all, but with this combination there were no space for mistakes. Only 3:0 could help us finish the job. Any extension of the match could lead us in completely opposite direction,” explained WINTER.
It was not easy to play under such pressure.
“I won two opening games, but the game became closer from the third one. I did few mistakes; I played under greater pressure knowing how important for the team is to win this match,” added Sabine.
Petrissa SOLJA beat YANG Haeun in straight games.
“We played so many relies yesterday and I expected much harder job today. However, it seams YANG was too much nervous and I seized the opportunity to finish the match fast. I was very focused because there were no space for mistakes,” explained SOLJA.
Irene IVANCAN needed four games to beat PARK Youngsook.
“We got the draw where our chances were 70 percent in favor to win, we could not let the chances slip away. SABINE did a great job at the beginning. For me coming after 2:0 lead was very big help. It gave me extra confidence, whilst my adversary was on enormous pressure. I felt it in her game from the very beginning. After two games she was going nowhere. She had to risk in order to try to set the match in different pace. She added some extra pressure; won the game but I adjusted and sealed the match eventually,” explained IVANCAN.