ITTF.- France remains unbeaten in the group B of the 2016 World Team Championships. The young team posted a victory over Germany that counted on Timo Boll. Yesterday, Boll didn't play for coach's decision. He has a flu and took some rest. Unfortunately for the runner-up of Tokyo 2014, the former European champion wasn't at his best to help the German team.
Simon Gauzy got the first point after beating Steffen Mengel by 11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 10-12 and 11-3. In the second match Emmanuel Lebesson swept with Boll by 11-7, 11-7 and 11-8. Ruwen Filus kept hopes alive as he defeated Benjamin Brossier by 11-5, 11-6 and 11-2. But Gauzy repeated his win of some days ago in the Bundesliga and overcame Boll by 15-13, 4-11, 11-5, 9-11 and 11-8.
In the previous matches France beat Malaysia and England by 3-0. Germany, without Timo Boll, defeated Denmark in the opening day and Malaysia by 3-0.
In the group A China has won against Greece, North Korea and Chinese-Taipei by 3-0. Japan also stays unbeaten in the group C after beating Belarus and Portugal by 3-0 but struggled to defeat Singapore by 3-1.
In the group D South Korea had a hard debut against Croatia but stood victorious by 3-2. In its next matches Joo Saehyuk & Co. overcame Italy and Russia by 3-0.
Joo Saehyuk vs Mikhail Paykov Video kindly shared by ITTF Official Channel
Interview with Simon Gauzy Video kindly shared by ITTF Official Channel
Timo Boll vs Emmanuel Lebesson Video kindly shared by ITTF Official Channel
Timo Boll vs Simon Gauzy Video kindly shared by ITTF Official Channel
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