In this Group “Red” in Ukraine Table Tennis Cup, Dmytro Derevinskyi will be taking on Mykola Zakladnyi. Both the players arrive in this game on the back of a win, and so will be confident to extend the run with another positive result. That said, Mykola is definitely the player who is on song at the moment. Not only he is vastly experienced at this level, but the 65-year-old is also ranked much higher than his next opponents.
Last game and recent form:
As mentioned above, Mykola won the last match, extending the run to two wins. In fact, the Poltava born left-handed player has five wins in the last six games, losing the other game by the barest of margins, by only two points.
Dmytro Derevinskyi, meanwhile, also won his last game, thus, ending his two-game skid. In fact, this hasn't been a good tournament for him by any means, for he has lost seven times in the last eight games. So that should give you a fair idea of what to expect from this game.
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In the second game, we have two players from group “Blue”, in the shape of Dmytro Baistriuchenko and Oleksandr Liushnia.
Baistriuchenko is one the best players in this league and is currently ranked as the 5th best player with 615 points on board. But the recent form is a cause for concern for the player, as he hs split up the last six games heading into this match. That said, he won the last game, and that should be enough fuel to drive him into this game.
Liushnia, on the other hand, is one of the outsiders, as far as winning the ultimate thing is concerns. He know he has his task cut out against the player of Baistriuchenko's calibre. He also got a hammering in the last game, which is no ideal way to prepare a game of this magnitude and against a player his Baistriuchenko's potential.