In the 4th and last qualifying round he was eliminated Panagiotis Gionis in Slovenia’s strong WTT Contender, which continues in Nova Gorica. The leading Greek table tennis player progressed three rounds in the qualifying process and arrived on Wednesday 02/11 to claim entry to the main board of the “32”. He started well against the highly rated young Japanese Yuta Tanaka, but eventually went down 3-1 in the set and crashed out in the 1st round of the men’s singles.
However, in his return to an international tournament, after another sufficient period of time, which left him out of action due to his Achilles injury, his report is considered positive. Giannis Sgouropoulos, Giorgos Stamatouros and Giorgos Konstantinopoulos also competed in the Slovenian Contender. The former was eliminated in the 2nd qualifying round and the other two internationals in the 1st. In the technical guidance was the federal coach Kostas Vatsaklis.
At the Milojka Strukelj Primary School, Gionis (number 102 in the current world ranking list) had a bye in the qualifying round of “128” and yesterday Tuesday eliminated the Finnish Alex Naumi 3-0 and the Croatian Filip Zeliko 3-1 sets. Today Wednesday, in the “16” of the qualifiers, he chased the qualification in the 1st round of singles against Yuta Tanaka, a strong Asian athlete (No. 119). He led the score by a marginal margin, he lost the details in the 2nd set and in the next two he could not show long duration in his hits and the Japanese passed his game. The development 11-9, 8-11, 1-11 and 3-11.
Tanaka is 21 years old and among other accolades has reached the men’s singles semi-finals at two World Table Tennis Feeders. In Dusseldorf, Germany in 2021 and in Westchester, United States in 2022.
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