In the top match against 1. FC Saarbrücken TT, Borussia Düsseldorf can rely on Omar Assar again  and take the lead in the table on matchday 3 of the Tischtennis Bundesliga (TTBL). The old front runner TSV Bad Königshofen have to clear their place after a home defeat against TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell. Post SV Mühlhausen make for the surprise of the day.

Kristian Karlsson

One point for the win: Kristian Karlsson (Photo: Fuhrmann)

Borussia Düsseldorf are the new league leader of the Tischtennis Bundesliga (TTBL). The German record champion beat 1. FC Saarbrücken TT 3-1 on Matchday 3 and pass Bad Königshofen after their third win in the third match. "That was a great and, above all, very important weekend," said manager Andreas Preuß. "The six points give us a lot of peace in everyday life and we now know where we stand." Until then, however, the team of coach Danny Heister had to do hard work, as Patrick Franziska scored the opener for the hosts. In absence of Timo Boll, Heister put new signing Omar Assar at position one again – and was again just right. Against Tobias Rasmussen, the Egyptian scored the 1-1 equalizer and after Kristian Karlsson's narrow five-game win against FCS newcomer Darko Jorgic also the decider. After a 0-2 deficit, mind you. "I'm so happy for Omar," said Heister. "We worked very hard together in the past few weeks and months. It's great, if this commitment pays off." Saarbrücken, however, has to accept the next defeat after the loss against Ochsenhausen. "Of course, this is a false start for us, although we have narrowly lost against the two strongest teams in the league," said press spokesman Nicolas Barrois the start without any points.

TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen were problably aiming for an away win as well. But Post SV Mühlhausen had other plans. Hugo Calderano had brought the guests into the lead, but had a hard time against Daniel Habesohn. But the 1-0 should stay the only point of the team of coach Dmitrij Mazunov, as the rest of the match belonged to the hosts and their frenetic fans at Kristanplatz. They first saw the 1-1 equalizer by Ovidiu Ionescu and then a terrific catching up by Lubomir Jancarik. The Czech was already down 0-2 against Stefan Fegerl, but was able to turn the table. By this time at the latest, there was no longer any Post SV fan sitting on his seat. Habesohn took advantage of that euphoria and scored the decider against Simon Gauzy. "What our team has brought to the table today, was just phenomenal," said coach Erik Schreyer. "To beat such a top team, which in my eyes is a championship contender, gives us a lot of self-confidence for the next tasks."

First points for Fulda

Ruwen Filus

First win with Fulda: Ruwen Filus (Photo: Verein)

After two defeats for TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell, the team gained self-confidence today in the Shakehands-Arena, where the previous league leader TSV Bad Königshofen found their master and could not continue their winning streak. Kilian Ort braced himself against the imminent false start at the beginning of the match against Wang Xi, however. After being down 0-2, the 21-year-old came back and equalized to 2-2, but Fulda's defensive ace prevailed in the fifth. "To have the chance to win today, I would have had to take advantage of my chances against Wang Xi," Ort quarreled. TSV new signing Bence Majoros had much bigger problems against defense facing Ruwen Filus, who had little trouble to make for the 2-0 lead. After the loss of the first set, Tomislav Pucar became increasingly better in the third singles and secured the away win against Mizuki Oikawa.

The match in the Gummersbach Schwalbe Arena ended just as quickly. There, TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt won the second match in 24 hours against the TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau. And so it was a perfect weekend for the team around Benedikt Duda, who, just as against newcomer Jülich on Saturday, did not lose a single set against Anders Lind. Paul Drinkhall, who had taken a break on Saturday night, then defeated Grenzau's number one Kirill Gerassimenko before Alvaro Robles made the decision against Mihai Bobocica. "The result sounds clear, of course. However, Paul had some problems with Kirill. But he absolutely wanted his first home win for Bergneustadt and has solved that well," praised Schwalbe coach Yang Lei. "We knew that we should not underestimate Grenzau."

False start for ASV

Underestimation was hardly a problem of ASV Grünwettersbach against SV Werder Bremen. Nevertheless, the team of Rade Markovic is now without any points after the first home match of the season. "Bremen was just too good for us today," said the ASV coach. "We fought hard, but we did not manage to play at our top level." New signing Sathiyan Gnanasekaran was the only one near it. The Indian scored the lead for the hosts in his very first appearance for ASV against Hunor Szöcs. Subsequently, however, Grünwettersbach did not achieve very much. Not new signing Bojan Tokic, who was defeated by Bastian Steger 3-0, and also not Ricardo Walther, who was beaten by Werder newcomer Gustavo Tsuboi in straight games, too. With his second victory of the day and his fourth in the current season, Steger eventually scored the decider against Gnanasekaran. "Bastian has helped the team in his two matches a lot – hats off to his performance," said coach Cristian Tamas. "All in all, we are of course very satisfied with the results of the weekend. It can go on like this."

Matchday 3 at a glance

TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt – TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau 3-0
Benedikt Duda – Anders Lind 3-0 (11-5, 11-4, 11-7)    
Paul Drinkhall – Kirill Gerassimenko 3-1 (11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6)
Alvaro Robles – Mihai Bobocica 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-8)

Post SV Mühlhausen – TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen 3-1
Daniel Habesohn – Hugo Calderano 1-3 (7-11, 5-11, 12-10, 10-12)
Ovidiu Ionescu – Simon Gauzy 3-1 (12-10, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7)    
Lubomir Jancarik – Stefan Fegerl 3-2 (8-11, 17-19, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6)
Daniel Habesohn – Simon Gauzy 3-0 (11-4, 11-9, 14-12)

1. FC Saarbrücken TT – Borussia Düsseldorf 1-3
Patrick Franziska – Anton Källberg 3-1 (11-7, 11-5, 11-13, 11-6)
Tobias Rasmussen – Omar Assar 1-3 (9-11, 12-14, 11-9, 4-11)
Darko Jorgic – Kristian Karlsson 2-3 (7-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 7-11)
Patrick Franziska – Omar Assar 2-3 (11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 3-11, 9-11)

ASV Grünwettersbach – SV Werder Bremen 1-3
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran – Hunor Szöcs 3-1 (12-10, 4-11, 11-6, 13-11)
Bojan Tokic – Bastian Steger 0-3 (8-11, 9-11, 8-11)    
Ricardo Walther – Gustavo Tsuboi 0-3 (10-12, 11-13, 7-11)
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran – Bastian Steger 1-3 (6-11, 11-8, 8-11, 7-11)

TSV Bad Königshofen – TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell 0-3
Kilian Ort – Wang Xi 2-3 (8-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-9, 9-11)
Bence Majoros – Ruwen Filus 0-3 (6-11, 9-11, 7-11)    
Mizuki Oikawa – Tomislav Pucar 1-3 (11-7, 5-11, 5-11, 7-11)

Header photo: Jörg Fuhrmann