Samara’s warm up in ChinaPhoto: ITTF
China Construction Bank 2018 ITTF Europe Top 16 Cup
European champion Elizabeta SAMARA has a strong warm up for China Construction Bank 2018 ITTF Europe Top 16 Cup. Romania’s star was invited to participate at the Hainan Qiankun Masters Challenge Grand Prix in China on 19th and 20th January.
“I was at home in Constanta before the trip, having preparateions and rehabilitation. After China I will not participate at any tournaments before ITTF Europe Top 16 Cup in Monteraux. Only the match in Seamaster European Champions League Women” said SAMARA.
Last year Elizabeta was forced to cancel the ITTF Europe Top 16 Cup in France. Two years ago in Gondomar she was fourth.
“Begining of 2017 started not like I wished, with the surgery of my knee. However, after that I came back stronger becoming European Champion with the team of Romania!”
This year started for Elizabeta in much better mood.
“This year, in Montreaux, my aim for Top 16 is to win and I believe i can do it. It will not be easy with the new system and knock out draw. Every match will be difficult but I am ready for this challenge.”
Her fourth position in 2016 is her best result so far in seven apperances.
“I still do not have good memories from this tournament. I hope I will create best one this year. My main goal in Switzerland is to stay fit to train, to enjoy and to win.”
In Salle Omnisport du Pierrier will play Dimitrij OVTCHAROV of Germany, Timo Boll of Germany, Simon GAUZY of France, Vladimir SAMSONOV of Belarus, Marcos FREITAS of Portugal, Ruwen FILUS of Germany, Kristian KARLSSON of Sweden, Alexander SHIBAEV of Russia, Bastian STEGER of Germany, Jonathan GROTH of Denmark, Emmanuel LEBESSON of France, Tiago APOLONIA of Portugal, Mattias KARLSSON of Sweden, Panagiotis GIONIS of Greece, Stefan FEGERL of Austria, Lionel WEBER of Switzerland.
In Women’s Top 16 will play: LI Jie of Netherlands, Elizabeta SAMARA of Romania, Georgina POTA of Hungary, Sofia POLCANOVA of Austria, Petrissa SOLJA of Germany, LI Qian of Poland, Matilda EKHOLM of Sweden, Daniela MONTEIRO DODEAN and Bernadette SZOCS of Romania, Viktoria PAVLOVICH of Belarus, NI Xia Lian of Luxembourg, Polina MIKHAILOVA of Russia, Sabine WINTER of Germany, Tetyana BILENKO of Ukraine and Rachel MORET of Switzerland.
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