Bronze safe: table tennis women reach EM semifinals


Nina Mittelham: “Winning a medal in this situation proves how good we really are.”
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Even without their three best players, the German table tennis women surpass their target, have already achieved bronze at the European Championships and also qualify for the World Cup.

Dhe German table tennis women have won a medal at the European Team Championships in Cluj-Napoca. The weakened selection moved through an effortless 3-0 win against Poland in the semifinals. Thus, the selection of the German Table Tennis Association (DTTB) in Romania can no longer be deprived of the bronze medal.

“Winning a medal in this situation proves how good we really are and that you can count on us, even if we play without the numbers 1, 2 and 3,” said Nina Mittelham, who like Sabine Winter and Chantel Mantz her individual won confidently. In the round of the last four, the DTTB team will meet the strong Portuguese or the Ukraine on Saturday.

The DTTB team, which had to do without the Tokyo trio Petrissa Solja, Han Ying and Shan Xiaona, had already reached its target by reaching the quarter-finals and secured qualification for the 2022 World Cup. The also weakened German men will play for the medal on Friday in the quarter-finals from 5.30 p.m. against the Czech Republic.

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