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Ukraine Makes History At World Team Championships

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Ukraine has reached a new high on the international stage after successfully progressing through the quarter-finals of the Women’s Championship Division for the first time at the 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Halmstad.

Eliminating Hungary in the group stage, one round later it was an even bigger casualty as Ukraine defeated 2010 World champions Singapore in an epic clash.

Ganna Gaponova picked up Ukraine’s first win of the tie with a superb outing against Yu Mengyu (11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8) before Margaryta Pesotska added a four games victory over Lin Ye (11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6).

“I knew if I could win we had a chance. I won the first two games but lost the third, I had some problems receiving service but in the opening game I felt comfortable. My backhand is my strength but my forehand was not too bad today. I think my attacking style complements the defenders in the team.” – Margaryta Pesotska

The third success came courtesy of Tetyana Bilenko, who raced to a 3-0 triumph over Yu Mengyu (12-10, 11-9, 11-8) to seal a 3-2 win for Ukraine.

“I made some easy mistakes, I was feeling the pressure, win and we were in the quarter-finals for the first time. I tried to relax and keep defending, my attack is not so good at the moment but Yu Mengyu gave me few opportunities to attack.” – Tetyana Bilenko.

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