Korea Open: Boll defeats Franziska in All-German Final

Korea Open: Boll defeats Franziska and wins World Tour Title No. 19

Original article available here at Tischtennis.de (in German)

Frankfurt / Incheon. With the winning of his 19th World Tour title, Timo Boll finished the Korea Open as Champion. In the duel of the German national team members, the Duesseldorfer took a four-point lead at the LIEBHERR World Championships in Duesseldorf (29.5 to 5.6) against Patrick Franziska (Saarbrücken), who finished in the final for the first time, with scores of 11: 8, 12:10, 12:10 and 11: 6. In the women’s doubles, the Berlin duo Petrissa Solja / Shan Xiaona won the second gold medal for Germany, while Patrick Franziska and the Danish Jonathan Groth also had to settle for silver. The title in the women’s singles went to the Singapore Chinese Feng Tianwei, who claimed against Kasumi Ishikawa (Japan). 

The winner’s check was issues for $18,500, the second place remained a consoling $9,400 dollars. Much more, however, than the prize money, Timo Boll and Patrick Franziska were only a little more than five weeks ahead of the World Cup in Germany about their promising form, from which also men’s Bundestrainer Jörg Roßkopf, the final from the tribune Watched: “Timo has earned the title with very good performances over all the tournament days, and for Patrick Franziska, it was very special to be in two finals, which will give both players a sense of self-confidence towards the World Cup On the way. ”

Boll: “On the way to old strength”

The first German final duel since the match between Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Timo Boll in the final of the German Open 2012 in Bremen ended this time in favor of the more experienced. For Boll, the tournament was the first success of the Korea Open and the first title win since the Japan Open in 2010. The 36-year-old Timo Boll held his 12-year-old challenger Patrick Franziska in Incheon At a distance, whereby sentences two and three were peppered with numerous good ball changes and ended only thinly in the extension for Boll. The reigning champion of the Czech Republic was again on the very high level against Franziska, who had a clear 4-0 win over Park Jeongwoo (South Korea), Gao Ning (Singapore), Kenta Matsudaira, 2 over Japan’s Olympic silver medal winners with the team, Maharu Yoshimura, in the final. Boll was completely satisfied with his title gain, but also sees potential for a further performance increase. “I feel that I am on the way to old strength and play better and better, but especially physically and in the footwork I can add more, but it is not easy at the world championships, but I am already under power and am happy “It will be important to get a good start and then improve on the game by game.” But also sees potential for a further increase in performance. “I feel that I am on the way to old strength and play better and better, but especially physically and in the footwork, I can still improve, but it’s not easy at the world championships, but I am already under power and am happy “It will be important to get a good start and then improve on the game by game.” But also sees potential for a further increase in performance. “I feel that I am on the way to old strength and play better and better, but especially physically and in the footwork I can add more, but it is not easy at the world championships, but I am already under power and am happy “It will be important to get a good start and then improve on the game by game.”

Franziska: “I am on a very good way towards the World Cup”

Franziska also made a big hit on his stony road to the final. (4: 1), Sweden’s Kristian Karlsson (4-0) and South Korea’s surprise third-placed Lim Jonghoon (4-1), Japan’s numbers 24 and 13, Yuya Oshima (4-2) and Asian championship semi-finalists Koki Niwa, , Winning the championship title Chuang Chih-Yuan (Taiwan) and Marcos Freitas (Portugal) in the tournament, Franziska remained almost unaffected. Franziska had been hoping for a little more in the individual finals, Franziska was born in Bensheim, Boll in Erbach. However, the superiority of the world-ninth elite was acknowledged: “Timo played me very well in the final game, for this I was always a millisecond But Timo is deadly, I must either win two or three, since I had both of my chances in both. “The success of the Saarbrücker is all the more remarkable, as Franziska has often been thrown back in the course of his career by injuries. Lastly, he had a few months ago due to a water storage in the hip head until a few weeks ago “Franziska:” I am glad that after the long break, I have done the tournament with two finals well, even if the air was a bit thinner at the end. I am on a very good path, also with regard to the World Cup in Düsseldorf. ” The success of the Saarbrückers is all the more remarkable since Franziska has often been thrown back by injuries during his career. Most recently, he had had a break for several months until a few weeks ago due to a water storage in the hip. Franziska: “I am glad that after the long break I have done the tournament with two finals well, even if the air got a bit thinner. I am on a very good path, also with regard to the World Cup in Düsseldorf. ” The success of the Saarbrückers is all the more remarkable since Franziska has often been thrown back by injuries during his career. Most recently, he had had a break for several months until a few weeks ago due to a water storage in the hip. Franziska: “I am glad that after the long break I have done the tournament with two finals well, even if the air got a bit thinner. I am on a very good path, also with regard to the World Cup in Düsseldorf. ” That after the long break I have now the tournament with two endgames well maintained, even if the end of the air a bit thinner. I am on a very good path, also with regard to the World Cup in Düsseldorf. ” That after the long break I have now the tournament with two endgames well maintained, even if the end of the air a bit thinner. I am on a very good path, also with regard to the World Cup in Düsseldorf. ”

Shan / Solja bring third World Tour title

With a very strong performance Petrissa Solja and Shan Xiaona also secured gold for Germany. In the final, the two Berliners beat the two 16-year-old Japanese women Hina Hayata / Mima Ito, who had previously eliminated their favorite Jeon Jihee / Yanghaeun from South Korea in the semi-finals. The Germans controlled the strong teenager double, the semi-finalist of the Asian Championships 2017, from the start of the match and won the tournament with 11: 4, 11: 9, 3:11 and 11: 9. Petrissa Solja said: “We were very happy with our victory, we were very good from the start in the final, we were right in the match and the game of our opponents read well, service, setback and the opening were very good This was really a really good performance from us.

Second silver medal for Franziska

At least the title in double he had before his two today’s Finals in the end, but in the end it was twice silver. Before the defeat in the individual against Timo Boll double-European champion Patrick Franziska had the gold medal at the side of his Danish partner Jonathan Groth already in the end, in the end stood against the South Korean localmat Jok Woojin / Jeong Sangeun at 9:11, 11: 8, 10:12, 11: 7 and 10:12, however, a 2: 3 defeat. After successes at the Austria and Croatia Open as well as at the European Championships 2016 it was the first defeat for the combination Franziska / Groth in a final. In the fifth set, the German-Danish duo, who had been friends for many years, but had only been together regularly for almost a year, 5 located in guide and also in the fifth always led. Franziska: “It was very very annoying, we would not have lost the match, we could already have won the third set, so I would have saved a few grains for the final, but the fifth was actually ours.

Roßkopf nominated Filus as fifth player

With two gold medals and two silver, the trip to the Korea Open for the Germans paid little more than five weeks before the start of the LIEBHERR World Championships in Düsseldorf. Men’s Bundestrainer Jörg Roßkopf, who was six players, was satisfied with the results. “The result of Timo and Patrick stands out, of course, but they all played well, even on the final day . ” We are going to start with a few players at the Challenge tournaments in Slovenia and Croatia, and then we will get the final touchdown for the World Championships in Düsseldorf with two courses. ”

With the end of the tournament in South Korea, the world championships of horse heads are even more concrete. In addition to the Rio Olympics by Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Orenburg), Boll (Dusseldorf), Steger (Bremen) and Franziska (Saarbrücken), Ruwen Filus was given the pledge by the Bundestrainer for the fifth of a total of six World Cup start. Fuldas Abwehrass had been leading the internal ranking for the fifth place in South Korea for several months, confirming it with the round of 16 in Incheon. Roßkopf: “I have already announced that Ruwen is leading the scoring, but now it’s official: Ruwen is our fifth man in Düsseldorf, who will be the sixth starter of the World Cup, and will not be until the announcement of the squad The first half of May. “Filus was delighted about the official confirmation of his nomination:” I am, of course, immensely pleased. After my non-nomination for the European Championship, I knew that it would be difficult and I should be the first in our point system. I think that I have mastered successfully, because I had a good lead. “Ricardo Walther, Benedikt Duda and Steffen Mengel are three runners-up for the vacant sixth place.

Frankfurt / Incheon. With the winning of his 19th World Tour title, Timo Boll ended the Korea Open with $ 155,000. In the duel of the national teams, the Duesseldorfer took a four-point lead at the LIEBHERR World Championships in Duesseldorf (29.5 to 5.6) against the Patrick Franziska (Saarbrücken), who finished…

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