Day packed with drama in GondomarPhoto: Rémy Gros
2020 ITTF World Team Qualification Tournament
The second day of the 2020 ITTF World Team Qualification Tournament brought a lot of upsets and thrilling encounters in Gondomar. In addition, in Women’s Teams Event DPR Korea and Singapore already booked their place at the Olympic tournament by reaching the quarter final of the Qualifications.
In Men’s first round despite the best efforts of Robert GARDOS, Team Austria have been eliminated by Team Serbia’s fantastic resilience as Dimitrije LEVAJAC beat Stefan FEGERL in the deciding battle (12-10, 1-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9) to give Serbia a 3-2 overall victory.
Poland was also streched to full distance against Nigeria. Once again Jakub DYJAS was the key player. He won both his singles matches. Jakub, World no. 71 beat world no.18, Quadri ARUNA needing just the four games. Samuel KULCZYCKI and Marek BADOWSKI won the doubles match.
Team Hungary have secured a clean 3-0 overall win over Team Belarus and ended Vladimir SAMSONOV’S hopes of a seventh appearance at the Olympic Games. Also, in three straight games Sweden overcame Spain.
"I think I was a little bit nervous at the beginning from my side. But Kristian was playing really well, he was a good partner for me today and we succeeded. We received better and I was more aggressive at the end. In the singles match, in the second game, I started to serve better. Robles had more problems with my serve and I received better, so that was the key for me today against him. Now we will try to rest to be ready for the Hungarian team,” said Jon PERSON.
Croatia led by Andrej GACINA and Tomislav PUCAR overcame Greece in four matches. Panagiotis GIONIS won only point for Greece.
In each Event at the Olympic tournament will play 16 teams. So far seven same teams in Men’s and Women’s category already booked their place. Germany at the 2019 European Games, Egypt at the 2019 African Games, China at the 2019 ATTU Asian Championship, USA at the North America Qualification Event, Brazail at the Latin America Qualification Event, Australia at the Oceania Qualification Event and Japan as a host.