England Causes One of the Biggest Upsets in World Championships History
30 Apr 2018
England has pulled off the one of the biggest upsets in table tennis history at the Liebherr 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships today, 30 April 2018 in Halmstad, Sweden, to defeat Japan to take revenge for their bitter semi-finals loss at the 2016 World Team Championships in Kuala Lumpur.
The English trio of Paul DRINKHALL, Liam PITCHFORD and Sam WALKER were on fire against the second seeded Japanese team in the Men’s Team Group Stage to secure a 3-1 victory to have a taste of sweet revenge.
World number 65 PITCHFORD was the hero of the night, beating both world number 13 Tomokazu HARIMOTO and Rio 2016 singles bronze medallist and world number 11 Jun MIZUTANI 3-0 and 3-1 respectively to lead the team to victory.
After winning the epic clash against MIZUTANI to seal the deal for his team, PITCHFORD shared “I’m over the moon and so happy for the team! This morning Paul had given us a great start against Chinese Taipei and today against Jun Mizutani he played really well, his performances today really gave me confidence before I played Tomokazu Harimoto. I beat him at the World Team Cup in February and today I just tried to impose my game on him.”
Japan now need to hope England loses a match and win all of theirs comfortably to have any chance of finishing top of group C to secure the direct passage to the quarter-final and to avoid the dreaded last 16 play off.