Li Jie picks up for first time in career overall victory at the European Top 16
Tafeltennisster Li Jie has for the first time in her career in the European Top 16 on her name written.
The origin of Chinese was in the final with 3-1 at length and defeated Petrissa Solja from Germany. It was 11-7 7-11 11-3 11-6, after which the German because of an arm injury had to give up.
At the beginning of the third game handle Solja, if third-rated, suddenly in tears to her linkerbovenarm and had to be treated. It was then 4-1 for Li, the number four of the plaatsingslijst.
With a taped arm came the German back and tried to get some opposition to offer. When that didn’t work and Li further and further away from her ran, gave Solja on.
The 32-year-old Li was in the French Antibes for the third time in the finals of the tournament where the sixteen best players from Europe to join in.
She picked up a silver medal in 2009 and 2012 and had to twice settle for bronze (2010 and 2011) in the Top 12, the forerunner of the Top 16. In France, she was the only Dutch participant.