Despite Egypt’s 3-2 loss to Germany in the first group match of the men’s Championship Division at the 2018 ITTF World Team Championships, Omar Assar stole the show with his superb display against the European Champion.
The loss to the Germans was not without its beauty as Omar Assar’s performance ignited the Halmstad Arena when the three-time Nigeria Open Champion humbled one of the world’s best players – Timo Boll.
Playing with all his strength, Omar Assar’s performance was greeted with ovation from the fans as he brought the match to parity with 9-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-9, 8-11 win over Timo Boll.
Earlier he had defeated Ruwen Filus 4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9. But his effort was not enough to save Egypt from losing the match as Timo Boll, Ruwen Filus and OVTCHAROV Dimitrij won their matches against Mohammed El-Beliali and Khalid Assar.
Admitting the toughness of the encounter, Germany’s OVTCHAROV Dimitrij said: “The match was very tough and not as people has expected because the first match is always very difficult. At the end of the day, what mattered is that we won. I must also say that Omar Assar played very well today to have won two matches.”
Nigeria’s men team was on the winning side as they defeated Turkey 3-0 in their first group match of second division and they are expected to face Argentina on Monday April 30, while Egypt will face Slovenia.
Also, the Egyptian women team lost to Hungary 3-0 as the captain of the team Dina Meshref said they are hoping to retain their place in the championships division in their maiden appearance in the elite cadre.
“Being the first time we will be playing in the championship division, we will like to remain the division and that is why we must ensure we do well from the group stage. Despite losing to Hungary, we must remain focused and hoping that we remain in the championship in 2020. Also, the new ball made it very difficult for us against the Hungarian because this is the first time we will be using it. But we hope to adapt to it with time as we progress in the championship,” the African champion said.