Surprise coup at World Cup: German table tennis team after victory over South Korea in final

Status: 08.10.2022 11:04 am

The German men’s national table tennis team is surprisingly in the final of the World Team Championships in China.

A day after catching up against France, Dang Qiu, Benedikt Duda and Kay Stumper also won a semifinal thriller from South Korea 3-2. After a total playing time of more than three and a half hours, the 28-year-old Duda defeated the former bronze World Cup medalist An Jaehyun in the decisive fifth game in 3:2 sets.

“I don’t know what to say. The team was great today. We fought like crazy,” said the Bundesliga professional from TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt.

Duda puts the German team in the lead

The eventual opponent on Sunday (1.30am) will be determined in the second semifinal between host country China and Olympic bronze medalist Japan. Germany versus China would be a repeat of the 2018 World Cup final, which the Chinese won 3-0 in Halmstad.

Four years ago, the team of national coach Jörg Roßkopf played with Timo Boll, Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Patrick Franziska, who are all absent from this World Cup. That is precisely why the return of the German team to the final is such a big surprise.

National coach Roßkopf wants to enjoy the final

“It’s a pleasure to play a final at a World Cup, even though many at home would not have believed that we were capable of that.” said national coach Jörg Roßkopf, “but then you see what an unstoppable will can do.”

Against South Korea, Duda already gave his team a 1-0 lead when he defeated South Korean top player Jang Woojin in 3-1 sets. European singles champion Dang Qiu (Borussia Düsseldorf) then lost 3-1 to An Jaehyun, who finished third in the 2019 Singles World Cup but had barely played in this tournament before.

Turned 1:2 back

After a five-set loss of 19-year-old World Cup debutant Kay Stumper against Cho Seungmin, the German team trailed 2-1. But first, Dang Qiu won the duel between the two leaders against Jang Woojin (3:1). After that, Duda was again the decisive man, as in the 3-2 victory over France after a 2-0 deficit.

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