Table tennis. Champions League: the Hennebontais logically beaten

Table Tennis (Champions League). GV Hennebont TT (France) – Post SV Mühlhausen (Germany): 1-3

Defeated on Tuesday evening in his Ping-Center by the Germans of Mühlhausen (1-3), Hennebont, already beaten in the first leg in Bavaria, has definitively buried his chances of playing in the last four of the Champions League, even before their last group match, Sunday December 18 with the reception of the Austrians of Wels.

Placed in a strong position by his coach Adrian Crisan, Chuang Chih-Yuan, freshly returned from the Asian Cup, freezing the entry of the Ping-Center by losing his match which opposed him to the number 1 of Mühlhausen, Daniel Habesohn. In this tense and undecided match, the Taiwanese player of the blue house returned to equality (2-2) before starting the beautiful, shortened to 6 points. In it, Chuang Chih-Yuan quickly led 5-2, but then blocked and let slip the Austrian international, who finished the job by arriving first on the sixth point.

Despite this bad start, the Hennebontais remained concentrated and Kristian Karlsson, despite discomfort in the thigh, dominated the German player Steffen Mengel in the first two sets (11-5, 11-7). His thigh point then woke up, offering the next two sets to his opponent at the same time. But in the Decisive round the world and European champion in men’s doubles, despite the pain, achieved his goals (6-4).

The sovereign Germans in the second part of the evening

After the break, the young Greek hopeful Ioannis Sgouropoulos brought the Romanian player from Mühlhausen, Ovidiu Ionescu, to the decisive set. In this final, the young hope of the GVHTT made the former student of the Hennebontais coach Adrian Crisan tremble, but lost at the end of the suspense (4-6). Back at the table, Chuang Chih-Yuan couldn’t get the better of Steffel Mengel, who won easily in four sets.


Game 1 (0-1): Daniel Habesohn (Austria, world No. 62) defeats Chuang Chih-Yuan (Taiwan, world No. 16) 3-2 (11-13, 11-7, 12-10, 4-11, 6-5).

Game 2 (1-1): Kristian Karlsson (Sweden, world No. 18) defeats Steffen Mengel (Germany, world No. 129) 3-2 (11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 10-12, 6-4).

Game 3 (1-2): Ovidiu Ionescu (Romania, world No. 63) beats Ioannis Sgouropoulos (Greece, world No. 202) 3-2 (10-12, 13-11, 11-7, 5-11, 6-4).

Game 4 (1-3): Steffen Mengel defeats Chuang Chih-Yuan 3-1 (7-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-7).

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