TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell wins the top match of matchday 9 in the Tischtennis Bundesliga (TTBL) against 1. FC Saarbrücken TT and pulls ahead the Saarlanders in the table. Borussia Düsseldorf celebrate the autumn championship with a victory, while newcomer Bad Königshofen continue to cause a sensation.

Jonathan Groth

Scored the second lead for Fulda: Jonathan Groth (Photo: Roscher)

As much as many other teams of the Tischennis Bundesliga (TTBL) like to play against the defense-specialized TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell, 1. FC Saarbrücken TT don’t. Why this is the case, became obvious on matchday 9 once again. Because Fulda could have easily been in the lead 2-0 after the first two encounters. After Wang Xi had brought the lead against Patrick Franziska, Ruwen Filus was about to extend to 2-0. But Tiago Apolonia saved a match ball against him, got into the fifth game and prevailed. After the re-built lead by Jonathan Groth, which could have been the 3-0 win for Fulda in a slightly different match, Franziska scored the equalizer. However, Apolonia then had to suffer a setback from which he should not recover. Apolonia missed a high lead in the first game, lost the game and eventually the match. “Wang played incredibly well against Apolonia today,” said team mate Groth. “Overall, we can be very happy with the win against a direct competitor for the play-off places.”

TSV Bad Königshofen can also more be more than happy with the fact that, just a few weeks after their sensational victory at league leaders Düsseldorf, they were similarly able to beat second-placed Post SV Mühlhausen – and with Darko Jorgic had the outstanding player of the afternoon on their side. After Daniel Habesohn, the young Slovenian beat Mühlhausen’s number one Ovidiu Ionescu 3-1 as well, supported by atmosphere in the fully up Shakehands Arena. “That's a great feeling, not just because of my two individual wins,” said Jorgic. “I was preparing very well for this game and that paid off.” Substitute Filip Zeljko, who replaced Kilian Ort and was already close to his first TTBL success in Düsseldorf, provided for the third point. The Lower Franconians now finish the first half of the season with two wins, while Mühlhausen after a sensational start to the season  must continue to shed feathers after the third defeat in a row.

No problems for Düsseldorf

Stefan Fegerl

Finally won again: Stefan Fegerl (Photo: MaJo-Foto)

After the surprising defeat against newcomer Bad Königshofen a week ago, league leader Borussia Dusseldorf went back on track on Sunday afternoon in the classic against TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau. The hosts, however, caught the better start. Kou Lei took Grenzau into the lead against Anton Källberg, seamlessly following his good performance from the previous week. The rest of the match however, without exception belonged to the record champions - including encounter number three. In this one Stefan Fegerl was able to score against Constantin Cioti, both for his team and for his own self-confidence. “Stefan was great today,” said Borussia’ coach Danny Heister. “I’m very happy that he was able to help the team today after some weaker matches before that.” Only in the third game, match winner Kristian Karlsson was struggling against Kou Lei afterwards, but prevailed in straight games. “These were two very good matches from Kristian today,” rejoiced Heister. “Especially the way he played was very convincing to me.”

For SV Werder Bremen things are going very well this season, too. Against ASV Grünwettersbach the North Germans already secured the third consecutive win, even if this was fought hard. For the host from Baden, being successfull in the US lately, resisted as much as possible. Above all, ASV top player Masataka Morizono made life difficult for Bremen and scored twice in tight five game matches, first against Omar Assar, then in the top single against Bastian Steger. But a usual strong Morizono should not be enough for ASV this afternoon, as Bremen had the stronger team performance. Steger, Assar and also Werder’s number three Hunor Szöcs ultimately contributed one point to the away win, pushing Bremen into second place behind Düsseldorf.

Ochsenhausen climb

Simon Gauzy

Scored the winning point: Simon Gauzy (Photo: Schaal)

The TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen can end their mini-crisis for the time being with a 3-1 away win at TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt and collect two important points in the fight for the play-off places. The way, however, was more than difficult. Right at the beginning, Benedikt Duda made it clear with a 3-2 victory against Hugo Calderano that he has to be kept in mind on this Sunday afternoon – and was satisfied accordingly. “My way goes up. Today I had my chances against Simon Gauzy as well.” In the top single against the French, Duda, however, lost in the extension of the fifth set. “Too bad it was not enough for the team today,” Duda added. Before that, Jakub Dyjas had also scored and Gauzy was able to get the 1-1 equalizer in the second single of the day. Thus, Gauzys second success was synonymous with the away win of the Upper Swabians. Wages of work: Play-off place number four. “A super important victory for us”, said TTF manager Daniel Zwickl.

Behind leader Düsseldorf, Bremen finish the preliminary round in second place, tied with Fulda. Ochsenhausen pushes past Mühlhausen and Saarbrücken in fourth place, in the middle of the table follow Grünwettersbach and Bad Königshofen. Bottom if the table is still Grenzau, Bergneustadt remains ninth.

Overview of matchday 9

1. FC Saarbrücken TT – TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell 2-3
Patrick Franziska – Wang Xi 2-3 (6-11, 10-12, 11-4, 13-11, 4-11)
Tiago Apolonia – Ruwen Filus 3-2 (8-11, 11-3, 5-11, 12-10, 11-5)
Patrick Baum –Jonathan Groth 2-3 (10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 5-11)
Patrick Franziska – Ruwen Filus 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-7)
Tiago Apolonia – Wang Xi 0-3 (9-11, 6-11, 8-11)

ASV Grünwettersbach – SV Werder Bremen 2-3
Masataka Morizono – Omar Assar 3-2 (11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 10-12, 11-3)
Ricardo Walther – Bastian Steger 1-3 (3-11, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11
Samuel Walker – Hunor Szöcs 0-3 (5-11, 6-11, 5-11)
Masataka Morizono – Bastian Steger 3-2 (11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7)
Ricardo Walther – Omar Assar 0-3 (7-11, 4-11, 5-11)

TSV Bad Königshofen – Post SV Mühlhausen 3-1
Darko Jorgic – Daniel Habesohn 3-1 (11-8, 12-10, 9-11, 11-4)
Mizuki Oikawa – Ovidiu Ionescu 2-3 (8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-6, 8-11)
Filip Zeljko – Lubomir Jancarik 3-0 (11-2, 11-7, 11-7)
Darko Jorgic – Ovidiu Ionescu 3-1 (6-11, 11-7, 14-12, 11-9)

TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau – Borussia Düsseldorf 1-3
Kou Lei – Anton Källberg 3-1 (11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 16-14)
Kirill Gerassimenko – Kristian Karlsson 0-3 (8-11, 3-11, 9-11)
Constantin Cioti – Stefan Fegerl 1-3 (8-11, 10-12, 11-8, 7-11) 
Kou Lei – Kristian Karlsson 0-3 (6-11, 9-11, 11-13)

TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt – TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen 1-3
Benedikt Duda – Hugo Calderano 3-2 (11-9, 7-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9)
Alvaro Robles – Simon Gauzy 0-3 (9-11, 9-11, 5-11)
Steffen Mengel – Jakub Dyjas 2-3 (6-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 8-11)
Benedikt Duda – Simon Gauzy 2-3 (11-7, 9-11, 12-10, 7-11, 10-12)