The Czech TT Star Series returns on Monday with a handful of matches in the Czech Republic. They play through the weekend in Russia, but Czech players typically get weekends off. Czechia is in the process of possibly slowly re-opening their country, or at least, in the stages of putting a plan into motion.
That’s a good sign over there, but the cases appear to be going up in Russia rapidly recently. No, that doesn’t mean things are going to be going back to normal in the Czech Republic soon. However, it’s likely that they won’t have to suspend table tennis action in Czechia.
If you continually see the same names come up in the TT Star Series that isn’t a mistake. The field is a lot smaller than in Russia and Ukraine. That’s good and bad in a way. Learning the players is a lot easier than a league with a lot more players. But the flip side is that the sample size of matches is smaller.
In any event, between the three leagues that are open right now, there is more than enough action on the table. We were able to get a sweep and go 2-0 on Saturday on our table tennis card. Both picks were from Russia, with Oleg Shagarov and Alex Gribkov both cashing.
Shagarov slept walk for a win, as he beat Stanislav Bychkov in straight sets. Gribkov needed five sets to beat Viktor Ivanov, but did it as an underdog at +110 to seal the deal. Not a bad day at all. That brings our overall record to 17-13 at table tennis, which I will certainly more than welcome. Grinding out a profit is all I’m looking for at this point.
That’s been the case so far, but we’re still early into our table tennis betting series. I’m hopeful that Major League Baseball can start in May, but that doesn’t seem realistic. New cases likely slow down a lot in May, but there’s still the lag period and period of going back to business at the right time. The 4th of July idea seems to be the most realistic. That’s likely still with restrictions and no fans at games, though. Table tennis hasn’t been slowing down, so let’s try and find some more winners to get the week started. Head below for our free Czech TT Star Series between Antonin Gavlas vs. Tomas Konecny.
Antonin Gavlas vs. Tomas Konecny Czech TT Star Series Betting Odds:
Antonin Gavlas vs. Tomas Konecny Prediction:
Antonin Gavlas has played some quality matches against Tomas Konecny recently. He is a winner in two straight matches against Konecny on April 6. However, Konecny was throttling Gavlas easily prior to last week. He was a winner over Gavlas in five straight matches. Overall, Konency has gone 5-3 over Gavlas in the Czech TT Star Series. He was a nice 5-1 before having an off day last week. The good news for Konecny is that he was able to bounce back strongly.
Konecny enters a new day on Monday with wins in six of seven matches on April 7. He’s typically one of the best table tennis players in the Czech Republic, but he took his eyes off the prize against Gavlas in those two matches. Gavlas is coming off a couple of losses versus Tomas Tregler and David Reitspies. He lost in four sets against Tregler and five versus Reitspies.
It was a close match, though Reitspies was the much better player in the final set with a win of 11-5. Going back four matches, Gavlas had just one win. Despite frustrating a good player in Konecny, he regressed after getting too comfortable against him. I think Konecny went back to the drawing board and comes back Monday with a better plan against Gavlas. Note that this match is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. EST.