TTF Liebberr Ochsenhausen also prevail in the second play-off semi-final against TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell and move into the Liebherr TTBL-Finale for the first time since 2013. Once again, Simon Gauzy is the man of the match.
After Simon Gauzy's match point, the cheer of TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen knew no limits. On Saturday evening, the Frenchman lead his team to another 3-1 victory against TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell with to single wins – and thus into the Lieberr TTBL-Finale 2018 on May 26. The first play-off semi-final of the Tischtennis Bundesliga (TTBL) also went to to Ochsenhausen a week ago.
At the beginning of the match, it was Hugo Calderano who scored the opener against Wang Xi after making a great comeback. Being down 0-2 and 9-10, the Portuguese saved a match point and won the consecutive three games, even after Wang Xi was up 9-7 again in the fifth. In the second encounter, Fulda's Ruwen Filus met Gauzy. Just like in the first leg, it was the Frenchman who stood superior, winning in four games instead of five this time.
Groth shortens to 1:2
After the break, Jonathan Groth shortened Ochsenhausen's lead to 1-2. In his last match for Fulda, the Dane, who transfers to Russia at the end of the season, stormed to a 3-0 win against Joao Geraldo and was beeing celebrated for that by the crowd for several minutes. But eventually, it was Gauzy again who sealed the deal for Ochsenhausen, wrestling down Wang Xi in four games.
And so Ochsenhausen stands in the final for the German team championship for the first time since 2012/13 season. Back then the South Germans – though with a completely different line-up – lost to SV Werder Bremen. Who will be Ochsenhausen's opponent on May 26 might be decided tomorrow when Borussia Düsseldorf host 1. FC Saarbrücken TT after winnig the first leg 3-1.
The match at a glance
TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell – TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen 1-3
Wang Xi – Hugo Calderano 2-3 (17-15, 11-8, 10-12, 8-11, 9-11)
Ruwen Filus – Simon Gauzy 1-3 (8-11, 15-13, 9-11, 6-11)
Jonathan Groth – Joao Geraldo 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-7)
Wang Xi – Simon Gauzy 1-3 (7-11, 11-8, 8-11, 7-11)
Header photo: BeLa Sportfoto