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Table tennis: First defeat of the season for Düsseldorf

Without Timo Boll, who came third in the World Championships, and Sweden’s Anton Källberg, defending champion Borussia Düsseldorf suffered their first defeat of the season in the Table Tennis Bundesliga (TTBL).

At TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt, the guests lost 1:3 on Sunday, Dang Qiu provided the only point on the 12th matchday.

Boll is still missing from the club due to an abdominal muscle injury, Källberg tested positive for Corona at the end of the week and is in isolation. For this reason, coach Danny Heister had to play, but the 50-year-old Dutchman didn’t stand a chance against German champions Benedikt Duda (0:3).

“We started here without our two reliable top players, no team can cope with that. We knew beforehand that we only had a slim chance here,” said manager Andreas Preuss. Düsseldorf continues to lead the table and has a four-point lead over 1. FC Saarbrücken.

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