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Pitchford exits German Open to Freitas

Liam Pitchford pictured at the German Open. Pic by ITTF.
Liam Pitchford pictured at the German Open. Pic by ITTF.

Liam Pitchford was unfortunate to run into top-20 player Marcos Freitas in top form at the German Open.

Pitchford, who recently beat world No 10 Wong Chun Ting in a Champions League match for his club Hennebont, made a good start to the competition, making it through his group with a 4-2 victory over young German Tobias Hippler and a 4-1 win against world No 104 Lam Siu Hang of Hong Kong.

He then defeated Sweden’s Jon Persson, ranked 105, 4-1 (12-10, 5-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-9) in the first preliminary round.

But the Chesterfield athlete was drawn against world No 17 Freitas of Portugal in the final preliminary round, with a place in the last 32 at stake, and his opponent was in no mood to offer him a foothold as he prevailed 4-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-9, 11-4).

Pitchford, currently ranked 58 in the world, moves on to the Swedish Open next week.