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Davyd Symonchuk vs Andrii Baklykov: Both these players are placed in the group “Navi Blue”.
Davyd Symonchuk is an up and coming Table Tennis player. At just 18 years, he is one of the youngest players around in this tournament. He may be a boy amongst men, but he is certainly not getting bogged down, for he is showing far more maturity in his game for his age.
He won both the games so far, beating Vahta in three straight sets (5:11, 9:11, 7:11) and followed up that result with another win, this time against Rybachuk (13:11, 7:11, 12:10, 9:11, 10:12).
To be fair, the young player needed that return in today's from today's assignments after a negative return on Friday. He won two and dropped three games yesterday. He has 159 ratings in the tournament.
Facing Davyd Symonchuk will be Andrii Baklykov who is an experienced player at this level and also boasts a better rating at 167. The 34-year-old is also in good form, having won six games in the last 8 matches.
He has had a losing start in today's schedule following a 3-1 defeat against Berezynskyi (3:11, 11:8, 11:2, 11:2), but as the good players do, he made an immediate recovery with two straight wins over Rybachuk (11:6, 9:11, 16:18, 4:11) and Vahta (11:6, 11:3, 8:11, 8:11, 7:11).
Considering how both these players are playing, this game is expected to go down to the wire. But Baklykov has a ton of experience and to may be the difference at the end of the day.
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Serhij Maksymiv has a rating of 523 and arrive in this game on the back of a very good form. The 19-year-old has had four matchdays where he has a positive return. He started off today's schedule with a 3-1 win against Kunynets (8:11, 5:11, 11:2, 10:12), before losing (16:14, 8:11, 11:3, 11:5).
Mykhailo Presnyakov will be coming up against him in this game. The 34-year-old is in red-hot form at the moment. He has had two 0-3 wins today, against Kolos (5:11, 1:11, 8:11) and Kunynets (8:11, 9:11, 3:11), with the other game being a 3-1 win over Zharskiy (12:14, 11:8, 9:11, 8:11).