Success once again found for Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov, this time it was at the DHS 2017 Lausanne Open in Switzerland.
Following his securing of top spot at the 2016 ITTF-Europe Cup in Antibes, just one week later he was on duty as the second seed behind the flamboyant Jun Mizutani, who has recently exceeded all expectations.
This time Mizutani was not given the ride he expected, notably from Europe’s in form character of table tennis, Portugal’s Marcos Freitas.
Freitas dispatched the Japanese star in a seven set thriller that saw both competitors giving all they had, scores were tight in all ends but the Portuguese victor held strong winning 4-3 (10-12, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6).
Another high profile casualty to fall was the charismatic dental defender Panagiotis Gionis of Greece, seeded five and known to provide the skills to overturn many a table tennis top gun, this time Ovtcharov was reading from a slightly different script as he bulldozed his way through to the semi-finals 4-1 (11-8, 11-5, 11-8, 3-11, 11-5).
Portugal versus Portugal was the next battle as Freitas and Ovtcharov went head to head in their quest to reach finale status.
Sadly Freitas couldn’t resume his previous power intensity and allowed his fellow countryman and colleague to impose his strengths in the final 4-1.
DHS 2017 Lausanne Open: Results – Men’s Singles (Sunday 12th February)
DHS 2017 Lausanne Open: Results – Women’s Singles (Sunday 12th February)