EUROPE TOP 16: TITLE NO. 6 FOR BOLL



Düsseldorf's Timo Boll dominates the German final of the 2018 ITTF Europe Top 16 Cup against Dimitrij Ovtcharov and wins the continental tournament of Europe's best for the sixth time. Beside the two finalists, Fulda's Jonathan Groth secures the third sport this year's World Cup.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov

Defeated clearly by Boll: Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Photo: ITTF)

"It was a blind shot. I simply closed my eyes." It was the very last point by Timo Boll against his national team mate Dimitrij Ovtcharov that was representative for what both players had experienced in the all German final of the Europe Top 16 Cup in Montreux, Switzerland on Sunday evening. While Düsseldorf's Boll was playing an almost perfect match, world's number one Ovtcharov was having a bad day. In a lightning fast thrid game for example, Boll even lead 10-1 until his opponent managed to win two more points.

"That was unexpected," Boll commented his clear 4-0 triumph. "Dima was controlling Europe and the world table tennis lately. He clearly wasn't in his best shape today." But what remains for the defeated, just as for Boll, is the qualification for the Men's World Cup in Autumn. The third spot goes to Fulda's Jonathan Groth. The Danish European champion on doubles lost to Ovtcharov on the semi-final (1-4), but but prevailed against table tennis legend Vladimir Samsonov from Belarus in a thrilling match for the bronze medal (4-3).

All results can be found on the ITTF website.

Final
Dimitrij Ovtcharov – Timo Boll 0:4 (11-13, 6-11, 3-11, 6-11)

Match for third place
Jonathan Groth – Vladimir Samsonov 4:3 (7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 12-10, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6)