Weinheim. Two draws at the end of the season were within reach, but the TTC 46 Weinheim could also live with the two 3:6 defeats against the German champions eastside Berlin in front of 400 spectators in Sinzheim and SV Böblingen. “In the end, we managed to stay in the 1st Bundesliga, that was our goal. With the three new players joining us, we might even be able to play for the top places next season,” said Luisa Säger, who was born in Weinheim and is the integration figure of the newcomer to the first division.
TTC coach Andreas Dörner agrees: “She keeps the team together and also does things with the girls in private. The fact that many friendships have developed here is Weinheim’s trump card.” In the end, that was also the decisive factor in top player Bruna Takahashi extending her commitment to the TTC 46. To her record of 9:1 singles and 4:1 doubles victories, she added a fighting 3:2 win over Qianhong Gotsch yesterday after trailing 0:2. “She was our life insurance this season,” said TTC board member Christian Säger, who was very proud that the woman with Brazilian-Japanese roots will also serve for his club in the upcoming round.
And not only that: with Giorgia Piccolin from TTG Bingen/Salmünster as well as Yuan Wan (DJK Kolbermoor) for the front pair cross and Mateja Jeger, who had a crazy good quota in the back pair cross of TSV Schwabhausen, Weinheim is extremely well positioned for its second year in the elite class.
“Of course, we would have liked to play the play-offs already this year. But they’re in mid-April, so we probably could have only fielded a rump team,” says TTC coach Dörner. Bruna Takahashi is already on her way to world tournaments, Daria Trigolos needs a new work visa.
That, by the way, was the only reason for the Belarusian to leave the Zweiburgenstadt at the end of the season. “I’m going to play in France. It’s much easier to get a work visa there. Otherwise, I would have been super happy to stay in Weinheim. But without a visa, I could only train and not play. Saying goodbye already hurts me.” The TTC 46 feels the same way. As a farewell gift, the lively woman from Minsk gave her club “the match of her life” once again when she defeated the previously unbeaten Nina Mittelham 3:2 for the first time on Saturday in the 3:6 against eastside Berlin after being down 0:2 in the first set. She was unable to build on this performance against Böblingen yesterday.
Lisa Lung will also leave Weinheim after two years. “I am moving to Italy. Due to the fact that I couldn’t train so much anymore because of my studies, the German Bundesliga is a number too big for me.” She could not say goodbye with a victory yesterday. The points against Böblingen were scored twice by Takahasi and the doubles Takahashi/Säger. In front of 400 spectators against Berlin in Sinzheim, Trigolos, Takahashi and Takahashi/Säger were successful.
In the 3rd Bundesliga Southwest, the men’s team, which was short of players, lost 2:6 at TTC Wohlbach. Gass/Tschunichin defeated Rosenberg Seidler, Alexander Gerold showed excellent table tennis against the higher-ranked Borna Kovac, but was defeated in the fifth set, as was Björn Baum. Timo Gass, who had moved up from the second team, did not give Marc Seidler the slightest chance in three sets.
Oliver Both and Tom Eise were also absent in the Pestalozzischule sports hall against DJK Spvgg Effeltrich. Alexander Gerhold defeated Martin Gumann, who is very strong with 2256 TTR points, in five sets, Björn Baum outclassed Martin Gumann 3:0 and together with Gerhold in the doubles scored the third point in the 3:6 defeat. AT
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