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Table Tennis World Cup: USA no holds barred for Ovcharov and co.

Table Tennis World Cup: USA no holds barred for Ovcharov and co.

The preparation was turbulent. Germany's table tennis team had no problem with outsiders America at the World Cup in South Korea.

Appropriate start: Patrick Francisca and co. They defeated America easily.

The German national table tennis team had a successful start to the World Team Championships in South Korea without Timo Pol. DTTB won their one-sided opener against USA on Friday 3-0.

Patrick Francesca (against Zhishan Liang) or Tang Qiu (against Nikhil Kumar) or Dmitrij Ovtsarov (against Nandan Naresh) did not give a single penalty. Other opponents in the preliminary round include Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and England.

From Germany's point of view, the few days leading up to the start of the World Cup in Busan have been very turbulent. The reigning European champion is still receiving treatment in Germany for an eye infection. Former world number one Ovcharov's passport, wallet and hand luggage containing table tennis rackets were stolen on his way to the airport.

“It was very unfortunate that we could only really become world champions. Or Olympic champions,” Ovtcharov said. Germany have lost five of their last six World Cup finals to China. The first goal in Busan is to reach the quarterfinals to qualify for the team competition at the Olympic Games in Paris.