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  • Dimitrij Ovtcharov

    520 64.28%
  • Vladimir Samsonov

    142 17.55%
  • Patrick Baum

    32 3.96%
  • Marcos Freitas

    26 3.21%
  • Adrian Crisan

    16 1.98%
  • Bastian Steger

    6 0.74%
  • Robert Gardos

    6 0.74%
  • Andrej Gacina

    9 1.11%
  • Tiago Apolonia

    14 1.73%
  • Other (Post Below)

    38 4.70%
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    European Championships 2013 (Singles Event)

    Liebherr 2013 European Championships, Oct 4th - Oct 14th, WSA, Schwechat, Austria

    Wow, the Team event of the European Championships has now come to a close with Germany dominating throughout in the men's and women's event. Will Germany follow suit and go onto winning the singles title also? The city of Schwechat is now into day 4 of the prestigious European Championships and the singles and doubles event have begun!

    Without defending champion Timo Boll, who will take this years title? Will Boll's team mate Dimitirj Ovtchaorv become the champion or could another contender snatch the title?

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    Complete live schedule here.

    The 2013 European Table Tennis Championships singles event will be live here powered by Laola1 TV.

    Men's Singles Seeds


    Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov enters the European Championships as the #1 seed - Photo by: ITTF

    01) Dimitrij Ovtcharov
    02) Vladimir Samsonov
    03) Patrick Baum
    04) Marcos Freitas
    05) Adrian Crisan
    06) Bastian Steger
    07) Robert Gardos
    08) Andrej Gacina
    09) Tiago Apolonia
    10) Tan Ruiwu
    11) Alexey Smirnov
    12) Adrien Mattenet
    13) Chen Weixing
    14) Patrick Franziska
    15) Bojan Tokic
    16) Karill Skachkov

    Full player entries here.


    Women's Singles Seeds


    Spain's Shen Yanfei enters the European Championships as the #1 seed - Photo by: Pablo Rubio

    01) Shen Yanfei
    02) Viktoria Pavlovich
    03) Li Jiao
    04) Elizabeta Samara
    05) Liu Jia
    06) Iveta Vacenovska
    07) Ying Han
    08) Kristin Silbereisen
    09) Hu Melek
    10) Xiaona Shan
    11) Jiaduo Wu
    12) Matilda Ekholm
    13) Daniela Dodean
    14) Margaryta Pesotska
    15) Georgina Pota
    16) Amelie Solja

    Full player entries here.

    Stay tuned for the Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Men's Doubles and Women's Doubles at the European Championships!

    The 2013 European Table Tennis Championships singles event will be live here powered by Laola1 TV.

    What a line up! We will certainly see some great battles! We can use this thread as a means to display all the latest results, videos and news from the spectacular European Championships! What are your predictions from each event.

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    Gionis Panagiotis! What a legend

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiWa
    Gionis Panagiotis! What a legend
    Haha yes what a player! Not even in the top 16 seeds. I think he will cause some damage in the singles

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    Why is Mattenet 12th seed? :O

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    Tan Ruiwu will win :P

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    Why is Mattenet 12th seed? :O
    Because of world rankings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiWa
    Gionis Panagiotis! What a legend
    Yeah, hopefully he can carry momentum into the singles matches and we will see some more epic fights!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan
    Haha yes what a player! Not even in the top 16 seeds. I think he will cause some damage in the singles
    Quote Originally Posted by GiorgosTT
    Yeah, hopefully he can carry momentum into the singles matches and we will see some more epic fights!
    If he plays like against Baum and Dima, he really has a chance. How many players have the power of Ovtcharov to hit through Gionis defense? I can only think of Kreanga in Europe, maybe Mattenet. One thing is sure: Gionis' matches are a guarantee for epic rallies

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    Unhappy

    Where is Timo Boll, I have missed him!

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    Oh boy, I can't wait for those epic rallies
    Hopefully I'll get some when I'm there
    Of course Ovtcharov has good chances to get the Gold Medal but we shouldn't forget: Kreanga, Samsonov, Tan Ruiwu, GIONIS, Freitas and co
    In such tournaments, an upset can always happen!

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    Kreanga preparing in the training hall today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TableTennisDaily
    Kreanga preparing in the training hall today!

    What a Beast

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    ovtcharov or samsonov from the top seeds but I am thinking about ruwen filus and patrick franziska they can make some big surprises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sali
    ovtcharov or samsonov from the top seeds but I am thinking about ruwen filus and patrick franziska they can make some big surprises.
    Beliave me that Tan Ruiwu can really make some surprizes too, last year he reached finals, after beating ovtcharov, mattenet, and steger.
    He is very good in last years because he was sparing to CNT, I expect much from him.

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    Not impressed. Not enough power output for power input, due to bad mechanics. Strokes waaaay too long, no way he will be using them in a game against any players in the top 100 even. Which is why he has resorted to blocking these days. I used to be a fan of Kreanga - but his style of play, and his time, is well in the past.

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    That's true, he's not strong enough just look at his thin arms, let alone his age. He was my favourite player some 10 years ago. All Kreanga can do right now is catch the right moment to hit the ball and attack where the opponent is least expecting.

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    It's not all about speed, watch his backhand look at the wrist action and almost parallel to table bat angle. That's going to generate a lot of spin + Didn't you see how well he performed in the European teams ???
    Success is 99% failure.

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    He can spin the ball alright, as long as the ball is easy to hit. The problem is that when a large amount of power is required to punch through the opponent's very fast and spinny shots, his looping fails. If you watch here you can see what I mean, how these days he can get easily overpowered.


    His BH technique makes the ball fly fast but stretching his arm so far away from the body he loses a lot of energy that's why he misses a lot of balls outside the table.
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    He has some serious technical flaws too, which were not so apparent in the era of speed glueing and the smaller ball. Nowadays, the fact that he does not rotate his body and has weak legs shows. His shots are all shoulder and arm - which is why he always appears to be trying to hard and on the back foot.

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    Did you watch his matches against Platanov and Samsonov?? He was using so much spin variations when he gets backspin balls, he used very smart tacticts, because he can't play like machine any more.

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    Watch this match:



    Never seen a match like this in the Chinese Super League. that's even boring to watch compared to this.
    Immense power against Samsonov who beat Chuang Chih Yuan and Xu X that year in one tournament. In his forties and still competing with the best of Europa.

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