The tennis table action in the Czech Republic will roll on Tuesday with a fresh new card on the docket. There are a handful of matches from Czech, as we look to build on another perfect day on Monday. We’re undefeated in our previous four table tennis selections. That brings our record to a rock solid 19-13 going into today.
Nothing wrong with that and if I can maintain a win percentage just slightly higher than that in two months from now, I will be more than happy with those results. Tomas Konecny and Aleksandr Volkov both took care of business relatively easily. Konecny needed four sets to bump Antonin Gavlas, while Volkov defeated Valery Ivanov in four sets as well. Konecny has been on a monster run recently with wins in 11 of his previous 13 matches.
Konecny swept the board Monday with four wins in four matches. He’s a top quality table tennis player in Czechia, and you will find him at international tournaments. That doesn’t put him in the upper echelon, but has the ability to compete at a mid-tier level of competition. Konecny ranks 4th in Czechia and 189th in the world as of March 1.
He could see a boost in the next update if he continues to perform like he did yesterday. Pavel Sirucek is the best in the country, and is inside the top-50 around the world in 44th. That would put him as the best player in Russia and Konecny 6th if he were Russian. There’s just so many more players in Russia than Czech Republic, so they have the upper hand in that regard.
The Setka Cup, TT Star Series, and Moscow Liga Pro are all open for business on Tuesday. We will begin in Czechia for a match scheduled at 5:15 a.m. EST between Jiri Vrablik and Antonin Gavlas. Vrablik has been on an impressive run recently, but we’ll see if he can maintain that momentum on Tuesday. Head below for our free Czech TT Star Series pick for April 14, 2020.
Jiri Vrablik vs. Antonin Gavlas Czech TT Star Series Betting Odds:
Jiri Vrablik vs. Antonin Gavlas Prediction:
Jiri Vrablik is going into Tuesday on an impressive run of 18-3 in his previous three matches. His three losses came against Tomas Konecny, Tomas Tregler, and David Reitspies. All three rank nationally in Czechia. Konecny is 4th, Tregler 5th, and Reitspies is 8th in the country. Having said that, Vrablik was able to dish it as well, with two wins each over Konecny and Reitspies during his past 21 matches. He’s been playing like one of the top competitors in Czechia since the end of March. His opponent in this match, Antonin Gavlas, hasn’t experienced the same level of success recently.
He has lost four out of his last five matches and is 10-9 in his previous 19 contests. Gavlas has the talent to be better than that, but he hasn’t been feeling it recently at the table. Conversely, his opponent in this matchup has been running at peak performance. Note that Vrablik has beaten Gavlas in their previous two meetings and is 3-1 in their last four. Overall, Vrablik holds an advantage of five wins in eight matches against Gavlas. Vrablik has only gotten into trouble against elite players in the TT Star Series recently. All of the others he’s had much success against. I will side with the hot hand in this one and select Vrablik to get the victory.