The Czech TT Star Series returns on Monday after a break over the weekend. Russia played through the weekend and we were able to notch a winner on Sunday morning on Igor Smirnov. There isn’t more of a Russian name than Igor Smirnov, and fortunately he came to play for us. He did not look good in the first set, but woke up and won the next three sets to win without having to go to a fifth set.
With the win, we’re up to 11-8 with our table tennis picks in 2020. With the juice in mind, we’re up a bit on our table tennis selections. That’s just about all you can expect from an obscure sport. Having said that, it’d be nice to get hot and go on a run and pad the bankroll. The Belarusian Premier League was all over the place this weekend, but luckily that wasn’t the case when it came to table tennis.
Hopefully we can find another player like Igor Smirnov to step up to the table and perform well on Monday. Tomas Tregler has been a major helper for us, as he’s gone 3-0 when we’ve backed him at the table in the TT Star Series in Czech Republic. Tregler is easily one of the most consistent table tennis players in the league, as he continually has winning days. He won’t win every match, but often wins more than he doesn’t per day.
You can make a living out of table tennis with consistent results like that. The idea is to reach some of the big tournaments that carry big prize money. An invite to play in Germany or China is likely not going to be in the cards for Tregler, but he can continue to pick away at weaker opponents in Czechia. He faces an inferior opponent on Monday around 5:00 a.m. EST. Table tennis is half mental, so Tregler will have to be focused or it could still be a losing effort, though. Head below for our free Tomas Tregler vs. Miroslav Horejsi pick.
Tomas Tregler vs Miroslav Horejsi Czech TT Star Series Betting Odds:
Tomas Tregler vs. Miroslav Horejsi Prediction:
Tomas Tregler is coming off three straight wins on April 3. Also note that Tregler has won six out of his previous seven matches. The one match he lost was against Miroslav Horejsi, though. Horejsi was the better player in that particular match, as he won in three straight sets after Tregler won the first by a score of 11-6. It’s easy to get complacent when you believe that it’s going to be an easy contest. That seems to be what happened for Tregler on Friday. Following that match, Tregler won three in a row to finish the day on a roll.
Dating back to March 31, Tregler has gone 11-3. One of those wins was against Horejsi, and one of the losses was against him as well. Despite the loss for Tregler against Horejsi, he has been by far the better player when they’ve played in the past. It was the first win for Horejsi against Tregler in five career matches against him.
Tregler was on a five-match winning streak going into that meeting, but took his eyes off Horejsi and allowed what should have been a win result in a loss. Leading up to that competition, Tregler defeated Horejsi in straight sets on March 31, just a few days before losing.
Horejsi has only played one match since beating Tregler on Friday. He took a beating against an average player, Antonin Gavlas in four sets. Gavlas torched Horejsi for a score of 22-4 after the second set. The mental aspect of table tennis is important, and I believe Horejsi thought it was going to be easy after beating Tregler and getting out to a 1-0 lead on Gavlas.
Gavlas is an average to below average player, so going from beating Tregler to losing to Gavlas was a major step down. Horejsi has gone 1-6 in his previous seven matches. He caught a break against Tregler, but other than that, Horejsi has been cold. Expect Tregler to take Horejsi a little more serious this time around. He should get the win here. Note that Bovada keeps spelling his name incorrectly. They list him as Thomas, though Tomas is the same person, so if you’re confused.