Félix and Alexis Lebrun eliminated, no more French in the running
By Le Figaro with AFP Published yesterday at 9:38 p.m. , Update yesterday at 23:02 Sensation of French table tennis for months, Alexis Lebrun lost (4-0) in the round of…
By Le Figaro with AFP
yesterday at 9:38 p.m.
Update yesterday at 23:02
Sensation of French table tennis for months, Alexis Lebrun lost (4-0) in the round of 16 of the Worlds against the Slovenian Darko Jorgic, 12th world player, Wednesday in Durban (South Africa). In the process, his brother Félix, who became the last Frenchman in the running, ended up folding (4-2) against the German Dang Qiu, world No.9, at the same stage.
Alexis Lebrun, 19, who offered Chinese world No.1 Fan Zhendong last month, looked frustrated and helpless throughout the 28 minutes of the match, especially in the third set (11-4). Current 18th player in the world, Alexis Lebrun ended up freeing himself at the very end of the game where he saved four match points to equalize at 10-10 before losing this last set 12-10. It’s the end of these first individual World Championships for the Montpellier player, eliminated the day before with his brother Félix in the round of 16 of the doubles. The siblings only held out for a time (3-2) against the world’s No.1 Chinese pair, made up of Fan Zhendong and Chuqin Wang.
In singles, Félix Lebrun showed rare mental strength, at only 16 years old, by equalizing 2-2 against Dang Qiu who led 2-0. But he broke his teeth on the defense of the German in the last two points of the sixth inning, concluded 11-9.