Olympic Games | 18 Jul 2021
Mattias Falck and Sofia Polcanova head Europe’s Tokyo challenge
Sweden’s Mattias FALCK and Austria’s Sofia POLCANOVA are the highest seeded European players in the respective men’s singles and women’s singles events at the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
On the lists announced on Friday 26th July, Mattias FALCK is named at no.6, Sofia POLCANOVA at no.10.
Mattias FALCK is followed immediately by the German duo of Dimitrij OVTCHAROV and Timo BOLL; also, amongst the top 16, players who gain direct entry to the third round, appear the names of Great Britain’s Liam PITCHFORD, Frenchman Simon GAUZY and Portugal’s Marcos FREITAS.
Liam PITCHFORD is the no.11 seed, Simon GAUZY no.14, Marcos FREITAS no.15.
Likewise for the women, the top 16 seeds, all commence their quests for honours in round three.
Next in line to Sofia Polcanova is the German duo of Petrissa SOLJA and HAN Ying. Romania’s Bernadette SZOCS is the no.14 seed, colleague Elizabeta SAMARA the no.15 seed. Britt EERLAND of the Netherlands completes the top 16 names.
Meanwhile, in the mixed doubles, 16 pairs all on duty in round one, Slovakia’s Lubomir PISTEJ and Barbora BALAZOVA head the European quest. They are the no.5 seeds.
Germany’s Patrick FRANZISKA and Petrissa SOLJA, gold medallists at the Minsk 2019 European Games, occupy the no.7 spot.
No less than five European pairs immediately follow.
Next in the order is the French combination of Emmanuel LEBESSON and Yuan Ji Nan, pursued immediately by Romania’s Ovidiu IONESCU and Bernadette SZOCS. Austria’s Stefan FeFEGERLgerl and Sofia POLCANOVA reserve the no.10 position, one place ahead of Hungary’s Adam SZUDI and Szandra PERGEL.
Notably, in the team events, Germany heads the hopes of the old continent. They occupy the no.2 spot in the men’s competition, one place lower for the women.
In the men’s event, Sweden occupies the no.5 spot, France is at no.8 followed by Portugal and Croatia. Slovenia is at no.11, Serbia at no.15.
Meanwhile, for the women, Romania reserves the no.8 seeded position, Hungary is at no.10 with Poland, Austria and France being the next in line.
China reserves top spot in both the men’s team and women’s team events, Japan being at no.3 in the former, no.2 in the latter.
Similarly, in the individual events, China is to the fore.
FAN Zhendong and MA Long reserve the respective top seeded men’s singles places, CHEN Meng and SUN Yingsha, the same in the women’s singles. XU Xin and LIU Shiwen head the mixed doubles order of merit.
Play in the individual events commences on Saturday 24th July, in the team competitions on Sunday 1st August.