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Table tennis: Egypt’s Omar Assar defeats World No.2 as Egypt lose to Germany


ITTF (Photo: Rémy Gros)

put on an impressive performance as Egypt fell to a 3-2 defeat against in the opening match of the 2018 World Team Championships held in Sweden.

World No.2 Timo Boll gave Germany a 1-0 lead after defeating Mohamed El-Beiali (11-4, 11-5, 11-4) in the first game.

Egypt’s star player Omar Assar, however, proved a challenge to the Germans, as he won twice on the day. He defeated Ruwen Filus (4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9), before Dimitrij Ovtcharov levelled the scoreline after beating Khalid Assar (14-12, 11-7, 9-11- 11-6).

Omar Assar then overcame Timo Boll in a five-game thriller (11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8) but Germany’s attack would prove supreme as Ruwen Filus defeated Mohamed El-Beiali (11-5, 11-6, 11-8) in the final game.

Read: Interview | Meet Omar Assar: The man single-handedly putting Egypt on world map of table tennis

Timo Boll, who is currently ranked 2nd in the world, was impressed by the Pharaohs. “The Egyptian team played quite well, they caused us many problems. Omar Assar was especially great today, he plays very safe and was like a Chinese wall today,” Boll told the International Federation website.

Meanwhile, Assar, who’ll be playing alongside Boll at Borussia Düsseldorf next season, held his head high despite the loss.

“I played very well today, but unfortunately we lost 3-2. It was a good start for the team. We all played well and we were very focused. We played to win the match, which is very important. So personally I am happy with our performance, and we are looking forward to rest of the tournament,” Assar said.

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