Europe Top 16-Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Li Jie win!

By February 8, 2017 July 11th, 2019 Blog

The Europe Top 16 took place in Antibes, France last weekend and was won by Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov in men and Netherland’s Li Jie in women.

The top 3 finishers in each gender got automatic invitations to the World Cup later this year (with likely more also getting in). This is the 3rd year in a row that Ovtcharov has won this tournament which is the first time in the tournament’s history that someone has done so. Sweden’s Jan-Ove Waldner has the most wins of this tournament with 7 (before called Europe Top 12).

Dimitrij Ovtcharov won the Europe Top 16 for the 3rd straight time. (Courtesy ITTF)

Men’s Singles Final Highlights: Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov vs Russia’s Alexander Shibaev

Semi-Final Highlights: Russia’s Alexander Shibaev vs Home Country France’s Simon Gauzy

There was a confrontation at the end of the semi-final match between Shibaev and Gauzy but that doesn’t happen too often in table-tennis.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov is one of the best known sportsmen in Germany and China and is tied for the most Olympic medals in table-tennis history with 4 medals. I have gotten the chance to play him at a tournament in LA and he has a very good backhand and backhand serve. I was able to win 1 game partly due to heavy backspin and lost 3-1 and was one of two players in the tournament to win one game against him as he beat all the other Chinese players in the tournament quite easily. I asked him for advice after the match and he told me that “your everything was good” and that I had good touch which coming from him was nice to hear.

Here is my match with him:

Warm-Up and Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4