World Championships | 29 Nov 2021
Truls MOREGARD, Mattias Falck and Kristian Karlsson will fight for the gold At World Championships
Sweden will have three aces tomorrow in the run for gold in two events at the Worlds Championships final in Huston. Truls MOREGARD at age of 19 will play in the final of the Men's Singles, whilst Mattias FALCK and Kristian KARLSSON will play in Men's Doubles.
In the semi final MOREGARD overcame Timo BOLL of Germany (8:11, 8:11, 11:6, 11:8, 10:12, 11:8, 11:5).
MOREGARD is no 77 in the World whilst Timo BOLL is ranked at the position no. 11 and he followed FALC's steps.At the 2019 ITTF World Championships Mattias, became the first Swede to reach the men’s singles final since 1997.
In addition, today, FALCK and Kristian KARLSSON become the first Swedish pair to reach the Men's Doubles final since 1997 - again. They overcame China's LIN Gaoyuan and LIANG Jingkun (12-10, 11-8. 11-8) to end China's hopes of a fourth consecutive Men's Doubles title on the World Championships stage.
"Directly after the match, we felt really happy. This is an amazing venue to play at, and we want to thank the crowd as it has been amazing to play here. We had our style of play, we wanted to lock it down in the short game, and I think we managed to do that well. It was tactically a very successful match from us," said Kristian KARLSSON.
"I just want to say a big thank you to everyone supporting us here in the crowd, and back home as well. We really appreciate-it,” said Mattias FALCK.
After incredible journey, Sarah DE NUTTE and NI Xia Lian of Luxembourg clinched the bronze medal in Women’s Doubles Event. They lost in the semi final against the Chinese pairings WANG Manyu and SUN Yingsha (4:11, 3:11, 12:14).
“ It is fantastic result to reach the medal rostrum at the World Championships. We are so happy even though we lost today. China is so strong. We needed time to adjust to their level and we played a great 3rd set, it's a pity we couldn't win that one. But we are very proud to have reached the semifinal, we never thought we would go home with a medal,” said DE NUTTE.