2015 European Championships - Michael Maze
Site Products
Michael Maze Photo By: Alex Lomaev – Butterfly

2015 European Championships: Successful Conclusion for Former Champion but Result Points to Exit Door

2015 European Championships: Successful Conclusion for Former Champion but Result Points to Exit Door
Courtesy of ITTF

Close calls were the order of the day as matters concluded in the initial phase of the Men’s Singles event at the Liebherr 2015 ITTF-European Championships in Ekaterinburg on Thursday October 1st; the player to suffer the greatest heartache being Denmark’s Michael Maze, the champion in Stuttgart in 2009.

In his concluding group stage match he beat Poland’s Patryk Zatowka in four games (8-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9); it was a result which meant three players were level on both match ratio and games ratio.

One day earlier, Patryk Zatowka had accounted for Italy’s Marco Rech-Daldosso in four games (11-5, 11-3, 12-14, 17-15), before the latter had beaten Michael Maze by a similar margin (11-7, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8).

Deciding Factor
Points ratio was the deciding factor; it was first place for Patryk Zatowka (91:80), second place for Marco Rech-Daldosso (77:81) and third spot for Michael Maze (73:80).

Quite incredibly it was a blank sheet for Aleksandar Karakasevic, the highest rated player in the whole of the first stage; he was beaten by Marco Rech Daldosso (5-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10). If the Serbian had won that match, Michael Maze would have been in first place in the group!

Similar Circumstances
First place in for Patryk Zatowka by a narrow margin; it was also first place for England’s Sam Walker in tense circumstances.

Listed at no.199 on the current Men’s World Rankings, he needed to cause an upset by beating Romania’s Ovidiu Ionescu, named at no.104, in four games or better to top the group. He duly obliged, he beat the Romanian in four games (11-7, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5).

One day earlier, Sam Walker had lost to Israel’s Shimon Rabinovich in five games (11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 12-14, 11-9); later Ovidiu Ionescu had recorded a five games win over Shimon Rabinovich (8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 5-11, 11-6).

Games Ratio
Three players level on match ratio; games ratio decided the outcome.

It was first place for Sam Walker (5:4) with Shimon Rabinovich second (5:5) and Ovidiu Ionescu who had entered the concluding match unbeaten, in third spot (4:5).

Confidence Low
“My confidence has been low this year, I’ve not had the best of results”, explained Sam Walker. “In the Men’s Team event here in Ekaterinburg I lost to Lauric Jean, three-nil in the match against Belgium and three-nil to Marco Rech-Daldosso when we played Italy.”

However, there were signs of a return to form against Shimon Rabinovich despite defeat.

Positive Signs
“I lost the first two games against Shimon but then came back, so I felt that was a positive”, added Sam Walker. “Sure I was well aware of the fact that I needed to win three-one against Ovidiu but I tried not to think of that and focus on my game and be positive.”

A positive approach, it reaped dividends; for Sam Walker a place in the main draw.

Watch the 2015 ITTF European Table Tennis Championships Live
September 25 – October 4, 2015
Ekaterinburg, Russia
Entry Lists: Team, Individuals

Visit ETTU TV on LAOLA1.tv

Visit ETTU.org and ITTF.com for results, videos and more information on the 2015 European Championships.

Latest News

Butterfly Training Tips With Shigang Yang – Looping Half – Long Push

June 28, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports) In this Butterfly Training Tips Shigang Yang he is focusing on his student looping a… Read More

NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS UPDATE: U15 BOYS AND GIRL EVENTS CONCLUDE, TRAN AND MOYLAND CONFIRM TOP SEED STATUS

June 28, 2022
(By: Vlad Farcas) Saturday June 25th, the National Team Trials started in Fort Worth, TX at the Texas… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips With Anav Gupta – Forehand & Backhand Loop Stroke Management

June 28, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports) In this Butterfly Training Tips with Anav Gupta is focusing on Forehand Backhand Stroke Management.… Read More

Steven Moreno First In The World For 25 Consecutive Weeks In The U-13 Category Of The International Table Tennis Federation

June 27, 2022
Congratulations STEVEN MORENO for been 25 consecutive weeks in the U-13 Category of the International Table Tennis Federation… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips With Yu Di – Backhand Loop Training

June 27, 2022
In this Butterfly Training Tips Yu Di is focusing on Backhand Loop Training. Yu Di, is a coach… Read More

Coaching Tips of the Week: What Is the Playing Style You Are Trying to Develop?

June 27, 2022
(By Larry Hodges) If you don’t know where you are going, it’s tough to get there. This is… Read More

2022 Classic Hardbat World Championships

June 27, 2022
(By Larry Hodges) August 5-7, in Missouri City, TX, just outside Houston. It’s time for some serious Hardbat… Read More

Coach Jeffrey Zeng Leads His Team To Division B Title At America’s Team Championship

June 27, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) Congratulations to coach Jeffrey Zeng!  His students, Ryan Lin, Winston Wu and William Wu… Read More
View All News

Get the latest from Butterfly

Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis technology, tournament results, and We Are Butterfly players, coaches, clubs and more.