Table Tennis: Men’s team wins team World Cup debut


The men’s table tennis team from Portugal today won the World Cup for teams in Chengdu, China, beating Slovakia (3-1), while the women’s team lost to Taiwan (3-0).

Ninth in the world ranking, the Portuguese team even lost in group 6, with João Geraldo (49th in the individual world hierarchy) being surpassed in the ‘black’ by Yang Wang (38th), by 3-2 .

Marcos Freitas, 33rd in the world, followed by a clear 3-0 victory over the 291st, Jakub Zelinka, the same uneven result that João Monteiro (83rd) secured against Adam Klabjer (280th), to ‘turn’ the encounter.

Called to ‘close’ against the 25th selection in the world, Freitas beat Yang Wang by 3-1 and confirmed the triumph.

Now, there is a theoretically more difficult clash, on Saturday, with Brazil, sixth in the world ranking, which also beat Denmark (3-1) today.

Less luck had the representatives of the women’s team, 25th ranked, in a game against the Taiwanese team, seventh in the ‘ranking’, which went on to win with a triumph of Chen Szu-Yu (22nd), by 3-1, against Shao Jieni, 53rd world player.

The most quoted of the Portuguese, Fu Yu, 17th in the ‘ranking’, was winning twice, but lost in the ‘black’ to Liu Hsing-Yin (71st), with Inês Matos (289th) the concede 3-0 to Li Yu-Jhun (88th).

The Portuguese return to play on Saturday against Sweden, 22nd in the table of world teams.


Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by www.futebol365.pt.

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