Dimitrij Ovtcharov Takes WTT Contender Doha 2021 Crown

(Photo: ITTF)

Germany’s Dimitrij Ovthcaorv has made history by winning the inaugural WTT Contender event held in Doha, Qatar, defeating Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju 4-1 in the final.

Fifth seed Ovtcharov, famously known as Dima, had looked in stellar form prior to his contest with the Chinese Taipei star: en route to the final, Ovtcharov displayed an incredible level of table tennis, overcoming Super-Swede Mattias Falck in an exciting quarter-final. Ovtcharov also managed to knock-out Japanese favourite Tomokazu Harimoto, a result few predicted, especially when considering the form 17-year-old Harimoto had exhibited in the earlier stages of play.

Building confidence with victory over the top seed, but another mammoth task awaited Dima in the final with Lin Yun-Ju lying in wait.

Following his German counterpart, the Chinese Taipei teenager also appeared unstoppable at times in his bid for the first World Table Tennis title of 2021. Dismantling two major challengers in Quadri Aruna and Simon Gauzy, it appeared no one could contend with the strength displayed by the left-handed star. However, Lin more than met his match when faced with the prowess of Europe’s Ovtcharov, who is, after all, a former World No.1.

Another Crown For Dima

Ovtcharov flew out of the blocks in style, claiming the first three games without challenge from his Asian rival. Off to a fine start but Ovtcharov then faced his first real struggle of the tie with the subsequent game reversing in Lin’s favour, who was prepared to take his European opponent right down to the wire.

Try as he might, Lin’s attempt to claw his way back into the contest ultimately fell short of the mark, with Ovtcharov seizing the final game and with it the match (11-7, 14-12, 12-10, 6-11, 11-6).

As a result, Dimitrij Ovtcharov rewrote the history books – the first-ever player to win a WTT Contender Men’s Singles event!

With the main draw of the WTT Star Contender event beginning in less than a day’s time, table tennis enthusiasts won’t have long to wait in order to see whether the Contender victor, will be able to replicate his outstanding performances in the Star Contender tournament.

Mima Ito Lives Up To Expectations

In the corresponding Women’s Singles event, an all-Japanese final decided the title race as Mima Ito and Hina Hayata met face-to-face in a thrilling affair.

Two shining talents who are expected to play a major role in shaping the future of Japanese table tennis, Ito and Hayata produced a wonderful show for all to see. A tight battle with momentum changing hands throughout, it was top seed Ito who took the plaudits with a professional 4-2 display (11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6).

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