March: Kristin Silbereisen

silbereisen_06_02_15_Large– photo provided courtesy of the ITTF

March’s spotlight article focuses on Germany’s Kristin Silbereisen, after she won the women’s singles title at the 2016 German Nationals.

Silbereisen was born in 1985 and began playing table tennis aged seven. She won gold at the European Youth Championships as a cadet and junior three times, before making her senior international debut against Italy (2004). Silbereisen won the mixed doubles crown at the 2005 German Nationals with partner Patrick Baum to firmly put herself on the map in the senior category.

The 2009 European Championships saw Silbereisen win a bronze medal in the women’s doubles competition, having won a bronze with the German team in the previous Championships in 2007.

Germany enjoyed a fairly successful World Championships in 2010, winning a bronze medal with Silbereisen in the squad. She won the German Nationals women’s singles gold in the same year, before being crowned as Player of the Year for 2010.

Silbereisen participated at the 2012 London Olympic Games, reaching the 3rd round and went on to win the women’s team title with Germany at the 2013 European Championships.

The 2016 German Nationals proved to be a successful tournament for Silbereisen, beating Sabine Winter in the final to claim her second Nationals singles gold.

TTC Berlin Eastside is Silbereisen’s current club, joining them in 2013, but the 31-year-old has also played for SV Winterwerb (until 2002), TuS Bad Driburg (2002-2003), Homberger TS (2003-2005), TV Busenbach (2005-2010) and FSV Kroppach (2010-2013).

Kristin Silbereisen vs Tetyan Bilenko (2014 World Team Championships) – video kindly shared by the ITTF