SHANGHAI, May 4(Xinhua)-- Former world champion Jorgen Persson was disappointed at losing his final match on the big stage.
The 1991 winner departed the arena at a world table tennis championships for the last time in his career on Tuesday, losing 4-2(12-10, 9-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-5, 11-8) to German star Timo Boll.
"I don't feel so good," said the Swedish veteran."I don't feel nostalgic at all, I think that might come in a few years time.
"There are never any easy points against Timo Boll, I thought Ihad a chance if I could have won the fourth game but I lost it andI played badly in the fifth.
"Timo won the fifth and he was confident, that's that."
Persson will complete his program of matches in the Japanese Super League before leaving in the later summer to take up a coaching appointment in Qatar.
"I'm sorry I finished his career," said Boll.
"I remember as a young boy I went and asked Jorgen for his autograph," smiled Boll, Jorgen of course signed the autograph. I still have the piece of paper on which he signed his name," continued Boll."He's been a really great player, one I admire greatly." Enditem