Pro A (1st day). SPO Rouen – GV Hennebont TT: 2-3
For its start to the championship, GV Hennebont took the best of a solid Rouen team (3-2) on Tuesday evening. This victory, acquired in pain, in Normandy, launches the season of an ambitious Breton team.
Invited by his trainer Adrian Crisan to open the debates, the Taiwanese rookie Chuang Chi-Yuan, opposed to the Rouen number 1 Robert Gardos, put the Hennebontais in orbit by winning in three dry sets. Insolent with ease in the first by leading 6-0, before winning 11-6, the former world champion in men’s doubles also dominated the second set 11-8. In the third, the number 1 Hennebontais drew on his reserves, after a tie at 9-9, before offering the first point to the Bretons (11-9).
In the second round of the evening, the Swedish champion of the blue house Kristian Karlsson, also recruited this summer, imitated his club comrade by offering the second point to the Hennebontais, in his match which opposed him to Adam Szudi. The recent European champion in men’s doubles and bronze medalist in men’s singles, however, had to fight to snatch victory, which was obtained at the end of the suspense against the Hungarian international. This victory, obtained in the decisive set (11-8), offered a comfortable mattress to the GVHTT at the break.
The flawless performance of the Hennebon star Chuang Chih-Yuan
Aligned in position 3, the third summer transfer window recruit Ioannis Sgouropoulos, preferred to Danish player Anders Lind, then logically lost his match in four sets against Taiwanese SPO rookie Liao Cheng-Ting. In the following match, the debate between the two leaders Kristian Karlsson and Robert Gardos, turned to the advantage of the Rouen player. This defeat, while Karlsson was leading 7-3, before losing ground, allows the Rouennais to return to equality (2-2).
But in the last match of the evening, Chuang Chih-Yuan won his face to face with Adam Szudi, after a stunning match and after being trailing 6-1. This Pyrrhic victory offered victory to the Hennebontais.
Game 1 (0-1). Chuang Chih-Yuan (Taiwan, world n°16) defeats Robert Gardos (Austria, world n°40) 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-9).
Game 2 (0-2). Kristian Karlsson (Sweden, world No. 17) defeats Adam Szudi (Hungary, world No. 159) 3-2 (11-4, 4-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8).
Game 3 (1-2). Liao Cheng-Ting (Taiwan, world n°75) defeats Ioannis Sgouropoulos (Greece, world n°202) 3-1 (8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9).
Game 4 (2-2). Robert Gardos defeats Kristian Karlsson 3-2 (8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 3-11, 12-10).
Game 5 (2-3). Chuang Chih-Yuan defeats Adam Szudi 3-2 (11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8).