The GAC Group ITTF World Tour 2014 started with the Challenge Series Hungary Open, right before the first two “big” tournaments, Kuwait and Qatar Open, Super Series. The fourth step leads back to Europe, players will convene in Magdeburg, Germany for the Super Series ITTF World Tour German Open, March 26th to 30th, 2014.
Team Butterfly has cause for celebration. Even without its superstar Zhang Jike, they managed to lift their players onto the podium. Outstanding performance first and foremost by Austrian player Jiu Jia. She was triumphant at the Hungary Open, won the DHS Europe Cup in Lausanne and strived towards the finals in Qatar, in the end only beaten by her opponent in the finals, China’s Hu Limei. What a successful first quarter of 2014 for Liu Jia.
Successful as well was her countryman Stefan Fegerl, who won the doubles’ competition in Kuwait alongside Chinas Youngster Lin Gaoyuan. In the singles’, Butterfly Players and Doubles’ world Champions from Taiwan, Chuang Chih-Yuan and Chen-Chien An met in the semi-finals, where experience prevailed. Chuang went on to the finals, but was forced to acknowledge the skills of his Chinese opponent, Xu Xin. For Xu, it was his third triumph in Qatar.
The World Tour will come to a pause for a month, before opening its doors again at the German Open in Magdeburg.
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