In the STUPA European Table Tennis Championships, 2023 in Malmö Arena, Swedish Men’s team has won Men’s Team Table Tennis Gold after defeating Germany. This is the 15th title for Sweden table tennis team. Jörgen Persson, head coach of Sweden said before the competition that he wants to end the 21 year draught of the title and this is a major achievement by Sweden after a very long time.
We placed pressure on ourselves with the goal of winning European Championship gold. Now we are also prepared for the Olympics with the team, which has significant implications for planning the remainder of the season. I must commend Timo Boll for his hard work for his team. Truls Moregaard was able to defeat him largely because Timo doesn’t handle Truls’s quick game and rebounds well.
- Jörgen Persson
Sweden has come back after a splendid performance in the finals & defeating Germany 3-1 to get Men’s title of STUPA European Table Tennis Championship. The game started with Truls Moregaard winning the first match in straight sets. In the second game, Timo Boll fought a true battle against a very strong Mattias Falck who attacked a lot of spinning backhands. Ultimately, the game was won by Timo in the fifth set. In the third match, World No #37 Kristian Karlsson won against young Kay Stumper who played brilliantly and showed why he will be a future star from Germany. In the final match, we saw innovative Truls battle the Legend Timo Boll and ultimately winning the game and title for Sweden in the fifth set.
|Truls Moregaard||Benedikt Duda||3-0||11-4, 11-8, 14-12|
|Mattias Falck||Timo Boll||2-3||11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 7-11, 10-12|
|Kristian Karlsson||Kay Stumper||3-2||11-5, 7-11, 11-3, 11-13, 11-4|
|Truls Moregaard||Timo Boll||3-2||11-6, 11-8, 4-11, 6-11, 11-5|
It was a fantastic final and a great display of table tennis. I hope it can contribute to Sweden attracting more players. Truls Moregard is inventive, he has challenging and diverse serves, and he puts pressure on me to make mistakes. As for the future, there is a match in the German League this Saturday, and in two weeks, I will be heading to China for another competition. I’m also looking forward to the Waldner Cup, which will be held in Stockholm on the last weekend of November. It’s a unique competition, and hopefully, new audiences will come to watch.
- Timo Boll