The new edition of the final against Wiener Neustadt was a show of power.
The UTTC Salzburg got off to a furious start in the new season of the 1st table tennis Bundesliga. After the 4: 1 against Kennelbach in the opening round of the upper play-offs, Salzburg’s defending champion Wiener Neustadt, who prevented Salzburg from winning the championship in May in a thrilling final thriller, could also die on Friday evening, no chance. It was 4-0 after the gala in the Nonntaler Sportzentrum Mitte. “Sensational. We didn’t expect that. The team has made another giant leap forward”, UTTC chairman Günther Höllbacher.
Koyo Kanamitsu, who was later not to give a set in doubles alongside Michael Trink, had given the runner-up the lead with a 3-0 win over Frane Kojic. “Koyo was extremely strong. The individual was tough,” said Höllbacher. The important 2-0 was achieved by Francisco Sanchi, who surprisingly beat Tomas Konecny in five sets. Drink followed up with another 3-2 win against Felix Wetzel before the final point was achieved in doubles. “Francisco is currently one class stronger than last season and Michael is moving with the others. If things continue like this, we will cut a good figure this year as well,” says Höllbacher. On Sunday (3 p.m.) the people of Salzburg welcome Kapfenberg.