Germany’s top guns on duty in MagdeburgPhoto: ITTF
Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Platinum German Open
The Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Platinum German Open begins today with a qualification tournament, whilst the main event commence on Friday 10th November. The crowd will have great opportunity to cheer for two best Europeans at the World Rankings, host nations favorites Dimitrij OVTCHAROV and Timo BOLL seeded at the position no. three and four.
Since the German Open joined the ITTF World Tour in 1999 BOLL has just claim to holding the status of the tournament’s most successful ever player. He has won the Men’s Singles title on four occasions, the same as China’s Ma Long but in addition Timo BOLL has been the Men’s Singles runner up twice and the Men’s Doubles winner four times.
Dimitrij Ovtcharov won in 2012 in Bremen and in 2014 in Magdeburg. Meanwhile, China’s FAN Zhendong, the top seed and ZHANG Jike, the no.5 seed, have both enjoyed success; conversely for colleague XU Xin, the no.2 seed, he has never appeared in a German Open final.
In Women’s Singles Event China’s WU Yang is the defending champion, Austria’s LIU Jia, the host nation’s SHAN Xiaona and Japan’s Mima ITO are past winners; they all appear on the Women’s Singles entry list.