Closing matchday 2 of the Tischtennis Bundesliga (TTBL), TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt beat TTC indeland Jülich. With his second point of the day, Benedikt Duda becomes the man of the match.


Still without any points: the team of TTC indeland Jülich (Photo: Verein)

After the defeat against Post SV Mühlhausen two weeks ago, TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt celebrated the first win of the season on Saturday night. At the end of matchday 2, the team of player-coach Yang Lei overcame TTC indeland Jülich 3-1 – and owe their success primarily to their number one Benedikt Duda.

The 24-year-old made an impressive appearance against the newcomer. After the Bundesliga debut of the only 17-year-old Russian Vladimir Sidorenko, who was deafeated by Jülich's Robin Devos in four tight games, Duda initially made for the 1-1 equalizer against his national teammate Dennis Klein. The world's number 50 did not even let his three-year-younger counterpart come into play and shot off Klein in the third set (2-11).

Allegro holds against

Duda's teammate Alvaro Robles had a lot more trouble after the break. The Spaniard made some minor mistakes against the brave-fighting Martin Allegro and missed two match balls in the fourth game. Only in the final set, Robles managed to score the 2-1 lead for the guests. Duda did not let this assist pass. Just as confidently as before against Klein, the left-hander also played almost flawlessly against the previously unbeaten Devos and secured the 3-1 away win for his team.

However, Bergneustadt do not have much time to celebrate to the first two points of the season. Already tomorrow, Sunday, Duda and Co. will be challenged by TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau on matchday 3. Jülich, on the other hand, do not play on Sunday – and thus have the opportunity to sort themselves out after the second defeat in a row.

The match at glance

TTC indeland Jülich – TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt 1-3
Robin Devos – Vladimir Sidorenko 3-1 (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9)
Dennis Klein – Benedikt Duda 0-3 (4-11, 6-11, 2-11)
Martin Allegro – Alvaro Robles 2-3 (12-10, 8-11, 10-12, 12-10, 8-11)
Robin Devos – Benedikt Duda 0-3 (5-11, 7-11, 7-11)

Header photo: ITTF