Gardos and Afanador Headline at WTT Feeder Dusseldorf - Butterfly Table Tennis
Site Products

Gardos and Afanador Headline at WTT Feeder Dusseldorf

(by Steve Hopkins)

When the first ITTF event of the year began this week in Dusseldorf, the top two seeds were Robert Gardos (World No. 26) and Benedikt Duda (World No. 43).   Both of the top seeds breezed through the early rounds and into the Semifinals.  Gardos did so while hardly dropping a game (winning 4-0, 4-0, and 4-1).  Duda struggled more, but still won his matches at 4-2, 4-1, and 4-3 (that last match was a comeback win over Cedric Meissner).

Gardos topped Samuel Walker with an easy 4-1 win to advance to the Final.  The other Semifinal was a surprise as Brian Afanador, Puerto Rico’s World No. 85, was given the nod to advance.  Apparently Duda was injured in his Quarterfinal win – so the match with Afanador was a Walk-Over.  That said, reaching the Final was a solid result for Afanador (and Puerto Rico) logging wins over France’s Florian Bourrassaud 4-0, Egypts Mahmoud Helmy 4-1, and Joao Monteiro 4-3.

The Final was close early, but Gardos won each of the first three games 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 before Afanador got on the board by winning a single game.  Gardos hung on for the 4-1 win.

Barbora Balazova surprised in the Women’s event, taking the title after a series of upsets that began with wins over Natali Bajor 4-3, then Chantal Mantz 4-1 and finally over Xiaona Shan in the Final 4-3.  The French Team of Lebrun/Dorr won Men’s Doubles.  Hana Arapovic and Polina Trifonova won Women’s Doubles.  And Gardos and Mischek teamed up to win Mixed Doubles.

A second Dussedldorf Feeder Event kicks off on Monday.  It will finish right away with the qualifying rounds finishing  Monday evening and the main draw finishing before the weekend.

Visit for the latest table tennis news and results.

Latest News

ITTF World Youth Championships: Team Event Finishing – Singles and Doubles to Follow

December 5, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins, photo by USATT) The ITTF World Youth Championships is now underway in Tunisia and many… Read More

ITTF World Youth Championships: TeamUSA U19 Girls Reach Quarterfinals

December 4, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins) The ITTF World Youth Championships is now underway in Tunisia and many of the worlds… Read More

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Greater Vancouver Table Tennis Club

December 3, 2022
Founded in 2019 by Wilson Peng Zhang, the Greater Vancouver Table Tennis Club (GVTTC) is a non-profit organization… Read More

Coaching Tips of the Week: What Comes First, Speed or Consistency?

December 3, 2022
(By Larry Hodges) Top players play at super-fast speeds, and are seemingly able to loop kill or smash… Read More

Bowmar Sports Welcomes Oscar A. Birriel

December 2, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) Bowmar Sports welcomes Puerto Rico’s Oscar A Birriel to the team! In this introduction… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips With Jinxin Wang – Backhand & Forehand Block

December 1, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) In this Butterfly Training Tips with Jinxin Wang, where he is working on his… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips With Ye Tian – Forehand Counterloop

December 1, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) In this Butterfly Training Tips, Ye Tian is using multi-ball to work on his… Read More

King Square Table Tennis Challenge

November 30, 2022
(By: King Square Sports Centre) Time: December 11, 2022 Venue: King Square Sports Centre, 9390 Woodbine Ave, Markham,… 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.