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Major Stride Forward in Lignano, Eyes Set Firmly on Rio de Janeiro


Sights set on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, sights set on medals; Brazil made a major stride forward in their ambitions to achieve on home soil, by enjoying a most successful 2015 Lignano Master Open, which concluded on Saturday 21st March.

They departed the Adriatic shores of northern Italy with a grand total of ten medals to their credit, the country’s best ever haul in a Factor 40 tournament; the highest World Ranking rating available for an international event staged by a national association.

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Frenchman Seize Chance in Lignano, Add to Extensive Title Collection


A somewhat surprise defeat for the top seeded Korean outfit, comprising Kim Mingyu, Kim Kongyoung and Park Incheol, at the quarter-final stage of Men’s Team Class 2 at the Lignano Para Championships on Saturday 21st March, opened the door for the French partnership of Stéphane Molliens and Vincent Boury, the second seeds.

The Koreans suffered defeat at the hands of the Slovak Republic’s Martin Ludrovsky and Ratislav Revucky; a three-two victory margin being the order of proceedings.

A semi-final place booked but there was to be no place in the final for the Slovak Republic duo; they experienced defeat at the hands of the combination formed by the Czech Republic’s Jiri Suchanek and Damien Bedos of France.

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Serbian Outfit Tested but Leading Teams Assert Authority in Lignano


Success for the leading outfits; that was very much the scenario in the first stage of the team events at the 2015 Lignano Masters Para Open on Friday 20th March.

The principal players; those with Paralympic medals and World titles to their credit, asserted their authority on proceedings as one competition above all looms greater in the mind.

Unquestionably eyes are focused on Barra da Tijuca, eyes are focused on the Riocentro; eyes are focused on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

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Unprecedented Success, Brazilians Reach New Levels in Lignano


Three silver medals and one bronze in the individual events which concluded on Thursday 19th March, Brazil enjoyed unprecedented success at the Lignano Masters Para Open.

A Factor 40 tournament for purposes of World ranking; Danielle Rauen, Joyce Oliveira and Iranildo Espindola clinched silver medals; for Jennyfer Parinos it was a very creditable bronze.

Furthermore, in each instance it was the top seed that proved the nemesis.

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Egyptian Duo Continues Good Form, Ehab Fetir and Hassan Hefny Contest Final


The players to cause the biggest upsets on the first day of play at the 2015 Lignano Para Masters, Egypt’s Ehab Fetir and Hassan Hefny continued their good form on the second day of action, Thursday 19th March.

Competing in Men’s Singles Class 5, in the group stage of proceedings, Hassan Hefny had beaten Turkey’s Ali Ozturk, the top seed (11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9), Ehab Fetir had accounted for Frenchman Nicholas Savant-Aira, the second seed (11-6, 11-8, 11-7).

One day later the two Egyptians met in the final, the verdict went in favour of Ehab Fetir; he beat Hassan Hefny in three straight games to secure the title 911-5, 11-5, 11-8).

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Top Two Names Experience First Stage Defeats, Egyptians Cause Opening Day Upsets


Egypt provided the upsets on the first day of play, Wednesday 18th March, at the Lignano Para Masters.

Hassan Hefny and Ehab Fetir were the players in fine form; both excelled predictions. Competing in Men’s Singles Class 5, both finished in first places in their respective groups and thus reserved quarter-final places.

Against expectations, 47 year old Hassan Hefny, currently listed at no.20 on the Men’s Class 5 World Rankings upset the odds by beating Turkey’s Ali Ozturk, the top seed and listed at no.4 in the global order (11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9) to secure first place in his group.

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Star Award Winners, Anna-Carin Ahlquist Sandra Paovic on Duty at Lignano Masters


Voted Para Female Table Tennis Players of the Year at the Star Awards Gala Dinners to reflect the years 2013 and 2014, Sweden’s Anna-Carin Ahlquist and Croatia’s Sandra Paovic are both in action at the Lignano Masters Para Tournament.

Staged in the Adriatic resort of Lignano Sabbiadoro, the home for a recent ITTF Junior Circuit tournament, play commences on Wednesday 18th March.

Anna-Carin Ahlquist is the top seed in Women’s Singles Class 3, likewise Sandra Paovic is the leading name in Women’s Singles Class 6.

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Host Nation Enjoys Concluding Day Success, Two Team Titles Secured in Eger


Bronze medallists in Men’s Team Class 1 at the 2013 European Para Championships, staged in the Italian Adriatic coastal resort of Lignano Sabbiadoro, the host nation’s Janos Kaiser and Endre Major moved two steps higher up the medal order on Sunday 15th March at the Hungarian Para Open Championships in Eger.

They won the Men’s Team Class 1 title finishing ahead of the combination formed by Italy’s Federico Kaiser and Endre Major, to collect the second such title of their careers.

Furthermore, they improved on their performances earlier in the tournament in the Men’s Class 1 Singles competition.

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Aida Dahlen Wins in Hungary, Opportunity to Match Best Ever Year


Norway’s Aida Dahlen emerged very much as the player to attract the attention on the second day of play, Saturday 14th March, at the Hungarian Para Open Championships in the city of Eger.

The second seed, she won the Women’s Singles Class 8 event to add to her ever growing list of titles.

First place in the group seized one day earlier, at the semi-final stage, she accounted for the host nation’s Zsofia Arloy (11-5, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8), before capturing the title at the final expense of Poland’s Malgorzata Jankowska (11-9, 13-11, 9-11, 11-4).

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