The German table tennis championships have determined the first German champion in a sport league during the Covid-19 pandemic. For the first time in the club’s history 1. FC Saarbrücken TT succeeded in the Liebherr TTBL final on Sunday. The team competed against TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen which reflected a revival of last year’s final, only this time 1. FC Saarbrücken TT showed their superiority with a 3-1 win.
Despite the common security restrictions, the post-competition celebrations were still exuberant. 1. FC Saarbrücken TT had just succeeded against TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen with 3-1 minutes before in the Liebherr TTBL final and can now call themselves the 2020 German table tennis champion. A year ago, FCS failed in the same encounter with a 0-3 loss against Ochsenhausen. “Congrats to Saarbrücken. They have performed with outstanding power and precision throughout the whole season as well as today”, said Nico Stehle, CEO of the Tischtennis Bundesliga GmbH (TTBL) who organized the event.
Patrick Franziska’s win against Hugo Calderano (3-2) certainly paved the way for Saarbrücken’s success. Shang Kun continued the positive strive displaying world-class table tennis with a 3-1 against Simon Gauzy and later on a 3-0 against Calderano. Ochsenhausen, however, only managed to achieve one point: Jakub Dyjas outperformed Darko Jorgic on position three with a 3-1 win.
“Last year’s defeat was on our mind for quite a long time”, said Patrick Franziska retrospectively after Sunday’s coup. “But after a few days we got a hold of ourselves again and decided to come back with more strength and fight for our goals in the new season. This determination and pursuit of success has been a part of our performance throughout the whole season and I believe we have also proofed it today in the final.“ Saarbrücken’s sport manager, Erwin Berg, called it a “well-deserved title”: “I cannot believe it. We are the German champion. But considering our season’s efforts I consider this a well-deserved success.”
Liebherr TTBL final
TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen – 1. FC Saarbrücken TT 1-3
Hugo Calderano – Patrick Franziska 2-3 (3-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9, 10-12)
Simon Gauzy – Shang Kun 1-3 (8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 10-12)
Jakub Dyjas – Darko Jorgic 3-1 (11-9, 12-10, 12-14, 11-3)
Hugo Calderano – Shang Kun 0-3 (9-11, 6-11, 9-11)
Header photo by BeLa Sportfoto