Ovtcharov: My Goal In Paris Is A Medal! Notwithstanding The Colour! (Videos)

Ovtcharov: My Goal In Paris Is A Medal! Notwithstanding The Colour! (Videos)
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The German Dimitrij Ovtcharov was the highest ranking European player on duty in the recently concluded 2013 Asia-Euro All Star Challenge. Although he was victorious in the opening day, his performance the day after was the opposite as he was swept by the crowd's favourite Zhang Jike. In an interview, Ovtcharov admitted that he still has an area for improvement and revealed that despite the competition at hand, he has able to maintain a real friendship with Zhang Jike. 


Qingdao EVening News. Dimitrij Ovtcharov's match against Zhang Jike was one of the most anticipated battles in the 2013 Asia-Euro All Star Challenge primarily because they are the highest ranking players from each team. After three sets, Ovtcharov failed.  

Dimitrij Ovtcharov vs Zhang Jike 2013 Asia-Euro All Star Challenge
video kindly shared by TTJanus

These two players might be oral enemies on court, but when the competition ends, they are actually good friends. In an interview after the match, Ovtcharov revealed that both of them has a good relationship with each other and they often update each other by any means. 

"Although my Chinese is not good and his English as well, we think of ways on how to communicate. Fortunately, we can understand each other very well." Ovtcharov said. 

The result of the match was actually unusual with Ovtcharov not having much opportunities to take a set. During those few prior encounters, Ovtcharov has always shown resistance. With this, Ovtcharov was able to see an area for improvement especially that the 2013 World Championships is fast approaching. 

"I will work hard in the upcoming 2013 World Championships. A medal is my goal. It doesn't matter what colour." Ovtcharov admitted. 

Ovtcharov has never won a Men's Singles medal in the history of the world championships. His highest achievement in such platform was in 2009 and 2011 where he reached the Round 16. Ovtcharov lost to Ma Long in Yokohama and to Boll in Rotterdam. 

Dimitrij Ovtcharov vs Ma Long 2009 World Championships R16
video kindly shared by Beanny46

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