Spotlight: July – Petrissa Solja

Petrissa Solja - photo by the ITTF– photo provided courtesy of the ITTF

July hasn’t featured much in the way of high profile table tennis tournaments so SD Sport decided to explore the career of one of Europe brightest players instead, Petrissa Solja.

Solja was born in the small German town of Kandel in 1994. She began playing for TTC Büchelberg, before her move to TTSV Fraulautern in 2007. Already from a young age Solja was starting to show her potential, as 2008 and 2009 saw the German player become the European Cadet Champion.

Following impressive results in the Cadet category, Solja made her Senior debut in 2009 and has since gone on to become a regular fixture in the German national team.

2013 saw Solja win the Champions League with Austrian club ASKÖ Linz Froschber, but she returned to Germany the following year to join Bundesliga side TTC Berlin Eastside where she won the title in the 2015-2016 campaign.

Solja has also proved herself very handy in the Doubles events, combining with Sabine Winter to take the 2013 German National Championships and European Championships Women’s Doubles titles.

Germany won gold in the Women’s Team event at the 2014 European Championships and 2015 European Games, with Solja being a crucial part of those campaigns, and Solja also performed well at the 2015 Women’s World Cup by winning a bronze medal.

The 22-year-old happens to come from a table tennis based family. Her mother Dagmar Solja-Andruszko played for ATSV Saarbrücken in the 1980s, and maybe the most notable mention goes to her sister Amelie Solja, who represents Austria on the international stage.

Petrissa Solja vs Li Jiao (2015 Women’s World Cup) – video kindly shared by the ITTF