Lebesson ends Jarvis’ run in quarters

Paul Stimpson

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Tom Jarvis reached his second successive ITTF Challenge series quarter-final and it took the top seed and former European champion Emmanuel Lebesson to end his run at the Belarus Open.

Jarvis overcame Marek Badowski of Poland in the last 16, gaining revenge on the world No 120, who defeated him in the quarter-finals of the Polish Open last month.

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That put him into the last eight against 2016 European champion Lebesson of France, currently ranked No 31 in the world. The left-hander won a tight first game but then stamped his class on the match to seal a 4-0 victory.

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Nevertheless, Jarvis (WR 169) can be satisfied with his tournament, picking up three wins over higher-ranked players, including world No 67 Kirill Gerassimenko, to put him in good form going into the ZEN-NOH ITTF Team World Cup in Tokyo this week.


Men’s Singles
Round of 16
Jarvis bt Marek Badowski (POL) 4-1 (11-8, 14-12, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9)

Emmanuel Lebesson (FRA) bt Jarvis 4-0 (12-10, 11-3, 11-3, 11-5)

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