Today Petrissa Solja made the entry into the semi-finals in the mixed competition, thus securing a medal. With their Chinese partner Fang Bo, the left-hander won in the round of the last eight against Matilda Ekholm/Mattias Karlsson from Sweden within five sets. On Saturday, Kasumi Ishikawa/Maharu Yoshimura (Japan) will be waiting at semi-finals. The last German mixed medal had won Diane and Eberhard Schöler in Nagoya in 1971.
Just a few minutes after reaching the semi-finals, Petrissa was quite happy. "I was still in the pits for a few minutes to realize that I had won my first WTTC medal. I am just proud to have made it." But the number 23 of the world is still not satisfied with the third place. "Gold is also a beautiful color. However, Ishikawa/Yoshimura, the upcoming opponents, are the number two seeds. On the other side, great disappointment in the pairing from Sweden: "I do not know exactly what to say. A medal in the mixed was the goal, but it was not enough", Karlsson said.
The 23-year-old Solja "had a lot of thought after her single day one day earlier " Now she had found her laugh again and made it clear" I knew before the tournament that I would have the best chances of winning a medal in the Mixed. The medal dream has now become true. Congratulations to Petrissa Solja and Fang Bo.