Pilsen hosts Czech Republic National ChampionshipsPhoto: Czech Table Tennis Association/Jan Brychta
National Championships of the Czech Republic will be played in Pilsen from 28th of February to 1st of March. All big names will take part and the title race should be unpredictable although favorites are Pavel SIRUCEK and Hana MATELOVA who claimed their titles last year.
Pavel SIRUCEK (Dartom Bogoria Grodzisk Mazowiecki) was in a good shape during the Olympic team qualification in Portugal. With his teammates Lubomir JANCARIK (Post SV Mülhausen) and Tomas POLANSKY (1. F.C. Saarbrücken) were close to reaching the olympic games but in the last match the team of Hong Kong China showed higher skill and secured the last spot. SIRUCEK won last two Championships so he is definetly aiming to reach hattrick.
In the women´s singles, the situation is even more interesting. Hana MATELOVA (Etival ASRTT) is aiming for the 4th title in a row and also 5th in 6 years. She took part at Top 16 Cup in Montreaux and she has been also having great season in doubles with her partner Barbora BALAZOVA from Slovakia. Her biggest opponent will be Dana CECHOVA (MSK Breclav) who is the best player of the Czech extraliga and Karin ADAMKOVA (MSK Breclav) who is also her teammate from representation.
„I probably consider myself as a favorite, but i definetly won´t put any pressure on myself. I will try to do my best and I will see what the result will be,“ said Hana MATELOVA
The Czech National Championships will be also a very important test before the World Championships in Busan later this spring and European Olympic Singles Qualification Tournament in Moscow.
Last year’s winners (singles)
2019 Pavel Širuček Hana Matelová
2018 Pavel Širuček Hana Matelová
2017 Antonín Gavlas Hana Matelová
2016 Tomáš Konečný Dana Čechová
2015 Pavel Širuček Hana Matelová