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Aruna acaba de fazer história ao derrotar o jogador de Hong Kong Peng Tang 15º do Ranking e é o primeiro jogador Africano a chegar aos quartos de final de um campeonato do Mundo de ténis de mesa.Está a superar-se a ele mesmo, tem jogado só com oponentes na teoria bem mais fortes tendo em conta o ranking e até agora tem brilhado.Viridis, sim e mesmo assim não sei se é possível ganhar não vá o chinês ficar louro.
João Geraldo Caused Major Upset in Hungary, Repeats Feat in KuwaitA shock win less than two weeks ago against Austria’s Stefan Fegerl in Budapest, saw Portugal’s João Geraldo reach new heights; for the first time in his career he booked a quarter-final Men’s Singles place in an ITTF World Tour tournament.Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An ended progress but a last eight finish was a milestone for the 19 year old.Outstanding form in the Hungarian capital city; now just over ten days later at the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Kuwait Open that form has been maintained. He recorded two memorable win, one more memorable than the other.Titanic DuelsOn the evening of Wednesday 11th February, the first day of play in the Gulf state, he will sleep well tonight; within the space of three hours he was involved in two titanic duels in the Salwa Club that saw the final verdict decided in his favour by the minimal two point margin.In the second preliminary round of the Under 21 Men’s Singles event, João Geraldo was on the brink of suffering a somewhat surprise defeat. Listed at no.22 on the current Under 21 Men’s World Ranking, eventually he prevailed against a determined Dane in the guise of Claus Nielsen (3-11, 11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9). Claus Nielsen is currently named at no.88 on the global list.The win meant that João Geraldo had booked a place in the main draw of the Under 21 Men’s Singles event; the next task was to keep hopes alive of performing exactly the same feat in the Men’s Singles competition. He achieved the goal.Highest RatedAfter beating Germany’s Benedikt Duda in six games (11-7, 6-11, 11-9,11-8, 8-11,11-3), the rising Portuguese star caused the biggest upset of the day. He overcame Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna, the highest rated player in the initial stage of the Men’s Singles in the second preliminary round.João Geraldo won in seven games (11-4, 13-11, 7-11, 12-10, 14-16, 7-11, 11-9) and if he had not won, he would not have slept soundly.He held match point twice in the fifth game, on the second occasion he had Quadri Aruna pinned to the surrounds; as he tried to end the point with a fierce forehand top spin, the ball flew long.Close Seventh GameOne wondered, had the chance gone; to his great credit João Geraldo fought but again in the seventh game one pondered if was to spurn his chance. Impressive, he led 9-6 only for Quadri Aruna to level at 9-all; to the relief of colleague Marcos Freitas, sitting courtside as coach, the next two points went to Portugal; the guttural cry from João Geraldo was one of joy mixed with relief.Not Prepared“Against Claus Nielsen I was relaxed at the start of the match, I wasn’t that well prepared; in fact I was thinking more about the match against Quadri Aruna”, admitted João Geraldo. “My focus was not good but it was better as the match progressed.”The concentration wavering again Claus Nielsen, it was unerring in opposition to Quadri Aruna.Left Handers a Problem“I don’t think he really likes playing left handers ; he doesn’t like receiving service from a left hander; in the rallies he is very good”, explained João Geraldo who is left handed as opposed to Quadri Aruna who is right handed. “Leading three-one and with match points I made mistakes”, sighed João Geraldo. “I think it was 13-12 when I missed that really easy forehand.”Read GameIt was not to prove terminal and João Geraldo maintained his focus.“I was able to read the play, my focus was good and I was able to play fast”, concluded João Geraldo. “It’s good to beat a played ranked in the top 30 like Quadri Aruna.”Currently Quadri Aruna is listed at no.32 on the Men’s World Rankings, having been at a career high of no.30 in January; João Geraldo is at no.129, he is surely set to go higher.
Portugal quer organizar Taça da Europa em 2016FPTM APRESENTA CANDIDATURADepois do sucesso que foi do Campeonato da Europa de equipas, realizado em Lisboa em setembro do ano passado, em que Portugal se sagrou campeão europeu, agora a Federação Portuguesa de Ténis de Mesa (FPTM) propõe organizar a Taça da Europa em 2016.Segundo anunciou esta quinta-feira o organismo, foi apresentada junto da União Europeia (ETTU) uma candidatura da FPTM, em colaboração com a Câmara Municipal de Gondomar, para realizar a prova que reúne os 16 melhores atletas da Europa, entre os dias 4 e 6 de fevereiro de 2016, no Pavilhão Multiusos de Gondomar.Este ano, três mesatenistas portugueses disputaram o Top 16 Europeu, com Marcos Freitas a obter a medalha de prata, Tiago Apolónia a terminar em 5.º e João Monteiro no 8.º lugar.