by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
In the Men’s Team events; Class 1-2 saw the Slovak Republic’s Martin Ludrovsky and Jian Riapos secure top spot in their group, as in Class 4-5 did the French duo formed by Fabien Lamirault and Nicolas Savant-Aira. Similarly, in Class 6-7 it was top spot for the trio comprising Hungary’s Balint Celencser, Romania’s Bobi Simon and Israel’s Boaz Tabib.
Meanwhile, in the competitions where just one group was prevalent; in Class 3, the French pairing of François Geuljans and Stéphane Gil-Martins remained unbeaten, whilst in Class 8 it was an unblemished day for Hungary’s Andras Csnonka and Gyula Istvan Zborai, a situation that also applied in Class 9-10 where Kazakhstan’s Talgat Erekeyev and Nurzhan Korpateyev remained unbeaten.
Similarly in the Women’s Team events, in Class 1-5, the combination of Norway’s Sabine Solveig Femtehjel and the Slovak Republic’s Alena Kanova remained unbeaten in a single group event as in Class 6-10 did the host nation’s Zsofia Arloy and Bettina Bicsak, a competition that was administered in two groups and witnessed a somewhat surprise first place in the corresponding group.
Israel’s Inbal Bechar and Karmit Dor finished ahead of Hungary’s Maria Benke and Laszlone Farkas, the second seeds.
It was a situation that also occurred in the Men’s Team event where two groups were arranged in the initial stage. In Class 1-2, the French partnership of Benoit Besset and Julien Michaud finished ahead of the host nation’s Janos Kaiser and Endre Major; likewise, in Class 4-5, Belgium’s Bert Brands and Israel’s David Gabriel secured top spot ahead of Austria’s Egon Kramminger and Peter Starl.
Defeats for second seeded outfits but only one reverse; runners up spot in the group was secured and thus a passport to the semi-finals.
2017 Hungarian Para Open: Draws and Latest Results