On matchday 13, leader Borussia Düsseldorf beat Post SV Mühlhausen and end their streak of five 3-0 home wins in a row. 1. FC Saarbrücken TT and TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell stay in close range to Düsseldorf, while SV Werder Bremen suffer a painful defeat in the top match against TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen. Meanwhile, ASV Grünwettersbach still know how to win.
At some point every streak comes to end. The one of Post SV Mühlhausen, who managed to win all matches on home soil 3-0 so far, had already ended after the first singles against Borussia Düsseldorf on matchday 13. In front of over 430 spectators at full house Kristanplatz, Daniel Habesohn lost to Kristian Karlsson after having a good start. "It has always been our strength that Daniel scored the lead," said Mühlhausen's coach Erik Schreyer. "We knew it's going to be a tough match, when Timo is playing." And so it was Boll himself who scored the 2-0 for Düsseldorf, leaving Ovidiu Ionescu no chance. Although things were getting exciting again in the third match, Stefan Fegerl beat Lubomir Jancarik 3:2. "This has been a very focused performance today," Düsseldorf's coach Danny Heister cheered. "Especially after a tough week with a journey to Russia for our Champions League match, this is not to be taken for granted."
1. FC Saarbrücken TT celebrated another important victory fighting for their spot in the play-offs. Even if they had to struggle against injury-hit TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt. This is why the narrow 3-2 win of Patrick Franziska againt national teammate Benedikt Duda was crucial. "It is always a tough fight between us," Franziska said. "Maybe I was little bit more lucky in the end. It was very important that I could score the lead." It was indeed, as Alvaro Robles scored the equalizer againt Bojan Tokic soon after. But after that, Robles's teammate Peter Sereda, usually playing for Bergneustadts reserve team, was chanceless against Tiago Apolonia. "We missed Kamal (Achanta) and Steffen (Mengel) today. Nevertheless it's too bad that we could give Saarbrücken a better fight today," said Robles, who was left with nothing in the decider against Franziska
Bremen suffer next setback
The same goes for SV Werder Bremen, who had to accept the second defeat in row against TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen on Sunday. "The most important thing is that we can still reach the play-offs by our own effort. Nevertheless the disappointment outweighs today," said Bastian Steger. Bremen's top player was the closest to a singles win against Jakub Dyjas, but had to give in after five games. Soon after Omar Assar and Hunor Szöcs lost, too. "It is always difficult against Bremen, who have three strong players," Hugo Calderano admitted. "This is why I am glad that we can go back home with this victory.
TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberell went back home with a vicory, too, even if TSV Bad Königshofen had hoped for more – especially in front of over 800 spectators in the Shakehands Arena. "Darko Jorgic and Kilian Ort are very powerful against defenders," said TSV coach Koji Itagaki. But Fulda's choppers are very good players." Too good for the young Team of Itagaki. First it was Wang Xi, who put the guests in front against Jorgic, but Ort was close to scoring the equalizer against Ruwen Filus soon after. It was only in the fifth and last game that Filus could prevail. After Mizuki Oikawa reduced to 1-2, it was Filus again, who secured the 3-1 win that brings Fulda another two important points in the fight for the play-offs.
ASV still know how to win
After many close defeats, it is not about the play-offs anymore for ASV Grünwettersbach. But winning 3-0 against TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau was relieving all the same. "We haven't won for ages. This victory does us good," said a very happy ASV coach Rade Markovic after four defeats in a row. The crucial match was already the first one, where Ricardo Walther beat Constantin Cioti 3-2. "Ric was leading 2-0 and 9-4, but lost the game. To win the match after that requires a lot of mental strength", praised Markovic. Walther's teammates did not have any problems after that. Masataka Morizono and Dang Qiu both won in straight games. "If we manage to win the first match, we might be able to make the whole match a bit more narrow," said Grenzau's coach Dirk Wagner. "Now we have to make sure that we don't lose our focus in the rest of the season."
Overview of matchday 13
Post SV Mühlhausen – Borussia Düsseldorf 0-3
Daniel Habesohn – Kristian Karlsson 1-3 (11-9, 4-11, 4-11, 3-11)
Ovidiu Ionescu – Timo Boll 0-3 (5-11, 5-11, 8-11)
Lubomir Jancarik – Stefan Fegerl 2-3 (11-9, 4-11, 11-7, 9-11, 10-12)
1. FC Saarbrücken TT – TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt 3-1
Patrick Franziska – Benedikt Duda 3-2 (8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8)
Bojan Tokic – Alvaro Robles 1-3 (7-11, 11-9, 4-11, 8-11)
Tiago Apolonia – Peter Sereda 3-0 (11-9, 11-5, 11-4)
Patrick Franziska – Alvaro Robles 3-0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-9)
SV Werder Bremen – TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen 0-3
Bastian Steger – Jakub Dyjas 2-3 (7-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 5-11)
Omar Assar – Hugo Calderano 1-3 (11-9, 4-11, 8-11, 10-12)
Hunor Szöcs – Yuto Muramatsu 0-3 (9-11, 9-11, 8-11)
TSV Bad Königshofen – TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell 1-3
Darko Jorgic – Wang Xi 1-3 (11-9, 8-11, 1-11, 8-11)
Kilian Ort – Ruwen Filus 2-3 (4-11, 11-4, 4-11, 11-6, 11-13)
Mizuki Oikawa – Jonathan Groth 3-0 (11-9, 11-7, 18-16)
Darko Jorgic – Ruwen Filus 1-3 (12-10, 10-12, 5-11, 7-11)
ASV Grünwettersbach – TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau 3-0
Ricardo Walther – Constantin Cioti 3-2 (11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 11-13, 11-8)
Masataka Morizono – Kirill Gerassimenko 3-0 (11-4, 11-6, 11-9)
Dang Qiu – Jörg Schlichter 3-0 (12-10, 11-7, 11-9)
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