Only two out of four German women are in the second single round at the Table Tennis World Championships in Budapest. Europe Top 16 winner Petrissa Solja and European double champion Nina Mittelham won their opening matches, but Mittelham's European Champion partner Kristin Lang and former World Cup fifth-placed Sabine Winter failed on lap one.
The modest opening balance in the women's field, where Lang was the best German at the last World Cup 2017 in Dusseldorf, means a first setback for the German World Cup team.
In the first two individual failures of the German Table Tennis Federation (DTTB) disappointed especially the Aus Winter. The number 58 in the world rankings had beaten 3: 4 against the top 100 run Indian Surtirtha Mukherjee despite a 1-0 and 3: 2 lead.
Steger and Qiu out
Even with the men there were already disappointments for the Germans: Former European Championship third Bastian Steger and debutant Dang Qiu are the first tourists in the German men's team.
Veteran striker Steger failed in the first round with a 3: 4 at the Croat Tomislav Pucar, while Qiu had to give up the Taiwanese Lin Yun-Ju with 0: 4. Both players of the German Table Tennis Federation (DTTB) had reached Easter only about the qualification in the main draw.
Steger and Qiu had already buried their hopes on Monday in the doubles double in the first double round. Qiu, the first penholder player in German World Cup history, was also eliminated in the opening round of the mixed with double European champion Nina Mittelham.
On Tuesday afternoon, European Champion Timo Boll (Dusseldorf) will be contesting his first round match. Boll will meet former European double champion Andrej Gacina (Croatia).