We finally suffered in our first table tennis loss in over a week, as our winning streak was snapped at seven wins. Despite the loss, we’re still sitting pretty with a record of 27-17 on table tennis. It should have been 8-0 going into Thursday, but Evgenui Chtchetinine coughed away a 3-1 set lead and lost 4-3. It’s the first time a table tennis player has blown a lead for me of that size, so it was bound to happen eventually.
The Challenger Series is a best-of-seven tournament. In the Czech TT Star Series and Moscow Liga Pro, only three sets are required to win a match. That changes up the strategy of players. Chtchetinine must have believed that the match was over after he won the fourth set, because he looked sloppy and careless thereafter.
In any event, it’s back to the Czech TT Star Series where I’ve been especially dangerous. In our last Czech table tennis pick, Tomas Tregler took care of business as a +110 underdog against David Reitspies. I had Reitspies last week against Tregler, and was able to fade him in that one for a nice day on Wednesday in Prague.
The secret with the Czech TT Star Series is that there aren’t a whole lot of players entered into this league. It’s much easier to do research and become familiar with players than say the Liga Pro in Russia that seems to have an unlimited supply of players.
Start following the Czech TT Star Series for a couple of weeks and you’ll begin to become acclimated with the competition. Fortunately for you I’ve been following it for about a month now and continue to get better. That’s not to say that every pick is going to be a winner, but it certainly gives a good shot at grinding out a winning percentage.
Miroslav Horejsi and Tomas Konecny are scheduled for a meeting at approximately 7:15 a.m. EST. These two are no strangers to one another. Head below for our free Miroslav Horejsi vs. Tomas Konecny pick. Be sure to check out our table tennis tips over at the blog as well.
Miroslav Horejsi vs. Tomas Konecny Czech TT Star Series Table Tennis Betting Odds:
Miroslav Horejsi vs. Tomas Konecny Prediction:
Tomas Konecny is one of the most highly regarded table tennis players in Czechia. He’s currently ranked 4th in the country and the highest rated in the Czech TT Star Series. Konecny is the No. 230 player in the world, while Tomas Tregler is No. 303 in the world. However, Konecny is coming off back-to-back losses against David Reitspies and Tregler to finish the day on the 24th. He had the week off from competition and is scheduled to return Thursday. Despite the two losses, Konecny still went 3-2 on the day. Also keep in mind that he’s 8-2 in his previous ten matches. He was on an eight-match winning streak before getting upended.
Dating back to April 7, Konecny has a record of 24-10 for a pretty impressive stretch. That’s fairly common for him, though, especially against this kind of competition in the TT Star Series. Prior to his meeting with Miroslav Horejsi, Konecny has what should be an easy time against Jakub Kleprlik, and then a trickier match against David Propopcov. This will be the 12th time that Konecny and Horejsi have played, with Konecny winning three straight matches recently. He has compiled an overall record of 7-4 against Horejsi thus far.
Horejsi has been playing well of late, with a mark of 5-1 in his last six matches, but is 7-11 in his previous 18 tilts. He has a winnable match against Jan Valenta prior to playing Antonin Gavlas and Konecny, both matches should give him issues. The Valenta contest should be a blowout in favor of Horejsi, though. Konecny ended his day last week on a sour note, but should be able to etch out a new winning streak on Thursday. A win against Horejsi is at least favorable.