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Champions Crowned, Surprise Winners in Bayreuth as Singles Events Conclude
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Peter Rosenmeier the Men's Singles Class 6 champion  Photo By: Bettina Bauer


Stťphane Molliens of France, Koreaís Kim Ki Young, Denmarkís Peter Rosenmeier and Norwayís Andreas Aulie were the somewhat unexpected Menís Singles winners at the Bayreuth Para Table Tennis Championships on Thursday 30th May 2013.

Meanwhile, in the counterpart Womenís Singles events, the players to raise the eyebrows, by securing the top step of the medal podium, were Great Britainís Susan Gilroy and Polandís Karolina Pek.

All rose the occasion, all responded to the challenge

World No.1 Beaten
Currently listed at no.4 on the World Rankings, Stťphane Molliens caused one of the biggest upsets of the day by overcoming Koreaís Kim Kyung Mook, listed at no.1 in the global order, at the semi-final stage of the Menís Singles Class 2 event.

He recorded an impressive straight games victory over the Korean (11-7, 11-9, 11-8), before clinching the title at the final expense of compatriot, Fabien Lamirault (11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9).

Caused Semi-Final Upset
In the counterpart semi-final, Fabien Lamirault, the no.4 seed, had also caused an upset; he accounted for Kim Kyung Mookís compatriot, Kim Mi Gyu, in three straight games (11-7, 11-8, 11-6).

Currently in the class, Kim Mi Gyu is listed at no.3 on the World Rankings.

Success for Korea
Surprise defeats for Korea but in Menís Singles Class 5 it was the reverse scenario. Kim Ki Young, listed at no.11 on the World Rankings emerged the surprise winner. At the semi-final stage he beat Gregory Rosec of France (2-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7), before overcoming Nicolas Savant-Aira, also from France, in the final (11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9).

Kim Ki Young is World ranked no.11, as opposed to Gregory Rosec who is at no.7 and Nicolas Savant-Aira at no.5.

Minor Surprise
Defeat for Nicolas Savant-Aira but he had the consolation of having caused a minor semi-final surprise.

In the penultimate round, he overcame Serbiaís Mitar Palikuca (11-4, 11-9, 12-10); Mitar Palikuca is listed at no.4 on the World Rankings.

A silver medal was the lot of Nicolas Savant-Aira in Menís Singles Class 5
Photo by Bettina Bauer

Peter Rosemeier in Form
Two surprise Menís Singles winners, next was Peter Rosemeier.
Named at no.3 on the World Rankings, he accounted for the man who stands at the very top of the list in the final of the Menís Singles Class 6 event.

He beat Spainís Alvaro Valera in a closely fought five games full distance encounter (13-11, 6-11, 11-13, 13-11, 11-6), having one round earlier accounted for Thailandís Rungroj Thainiyom, the London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medallist and World no.2.

Similar to the final, Peter Rosenmeier succeeded in five games (9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6). In the counterpart semi-final, Alvaro Valera had defeated Bastien Grundeler of France (11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8). Bastien Grundeler is named at no.4 on the World rankings.

Close Semi-Final
Hard fought success and it was the same for Andreas Aulie. He upset the pecking order at the semi-final stage of the Menís Singles Class 9 event by overcoming Ukraineís Vadym Kubov by the very narrowest of margins in the decisive fifth game (11-9, 7-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-9).

Andreas Aulie is World ranked no.12 as opposed to Vadym Kubov who is at no.7.

Maintained Form
A place in the final booked, Andreas Aulie maintained his form to clinch the title at the final expense of Swedenís Linus Karlsson (11-5, 11-6, 4-11, 11-5). The Swede is World ranked one place lower at no.13.

At the semi-final stage, Linus Karlsson had beaten Malaysiaís Koh Zhi Liang (11-7, 11-7, 11-2); Koh Zhi Liang is World ranked no.16.

Gold medallist in London but in Bayreuth Rungroj Thainiyom had to settle for bronze
Photo by Bettina Bauer

Susan Gilroy Strikes Gold
Three men excelling expectations and it was the same for the women with Great Britainís Susan Gilroy, listed at no.7 on the World rankings, setting a fine example in Womenís Singles Class 4.

She overcame Brazilís Joyce Oliveira in the semi-finals (11-6, 11-8, 11-9), before accounting for Koreaís Jung Ji Nam in the final (11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9). Jung Ji Nam, named at no.5 on the World rankings, had beaten Serbiaís Zorica Popadic in the penultimate round (11-5, 7-11, 12-10, 11-5).

Zorica Popadic is named at no.14 on the World Rankings.

Top Prize for Karolina Pek
Victory against the odds for Susan Gilroy, it was the same for Karolina Pek in Womenís Singles Class 9. In a group competition she clinched gold, finishing ahead of Claire Mairie of France and Germanyís Lena Kramm.

Claire Mairie is listed at no.6 on the World rankings, as opposed to Karolina Pek who is at no.8 and Lena Kramm at no.12.

Five players in good form, causing upsets and securing titles in the process; equally there were others who excelled in the semi-finals but could not climb that one step higher.

Peter Dourbecker Causes Surprise
Notably, in Menís Singles Class 7, Peter Dourbecker of France, listed a no.14 on the World rankings, overcame Germanyís Jochen Wollmert, the London 2012 Paralympic champion and named at no.4 on the global listings.

Peter Dourbecker recorded an impressive four games win (15-13, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9) before losing to Ukraineís Maxym Nikolenko in the final (11-9, 11-5, 11-6).

Maxim Nikolenko, World ranked no.3, had beaten Spainís Jordi Morales in the counterpart semi-final (9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 13-11). The Spaniard is listed at no.7 on the World rankings.

Peter Dourbecker in outstanding form, the silver medal was a just reward
Photo by Bettina Bauer

Korean Attracts Attention
Similarly, in Womenís Singles Class 3, there was a fine performance from Koreaís Choi Hyun Ja; named at no.16 on the World rankings, she caused a minor upset at the semi-final stage of the Womenís Singles Class 3 event, by beating the player listed one place higher, Turkeyís Hatice Dumain (11-6, 5-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6).

Also for Korea there was to be no gold; Choi Hyun Ja was beaten in the final by Swedenís Anna-Carin Ahlquist, the London 2012 Paralympic champion and World no.1.

Paralympic Gold Medallists Ends Hopes
Anna-Carin Ahlquist, having beaten Great Britainís Jane Campbell in the penultimate round (11-5, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6), ended Korea dreams in four games at the final hurdle (11-6, 11-7, 11-8). Jane Campbell stands at no.9 on the World rankings.

Narrowest of Margins
A surprise finalist in Womenís Singles Class 3, it was the same in Womenís Singles Class 11.

Japanís Maki Ito, World ranked no.7, overcame Polandís Krystyna Siemieniecka, listed on place higher in the semi-finals (11-7, 11-8, 16-14), before being beaten by Ukraineís Natalya Kosmina in the closest final of the day.

Natalya Kosmina clinched victory by the minimal two point margin in the deciding fifth game (11-13, 12-14, 11-3, 11-5, 13-11). World ranked no.2, at the semi-final stage, Natalia Kosmina had defeated Hong Kongís Wong Ka Man (11-8, 11-8, 11-4), the London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medallist and currently listed at no.3 on the World rankings.

Natalya Kosmina secured the Womenís Singles Class 11 title by the narrowest of margins
Photo by Bettina Bauer

Favourites Proceed
Surprises but in the remaining events it was success for the favourites, as matters went to plan in the latter stages.

Koreaís Lee Chang Ho won Menís Singles Class 1, with colleague Kim Young Gun securing the Menís Singles Class 4 title.

Home Win
Success as predicted and it was the same in Menís Singles Class 3 with the host nationís Thomas Schmidberger being crowned champion; whilst in Menís Singles Class it was gold for Swedenís Emil Andersson and in the two remaining Menís Singles classes, the top prize for the reigning Paralymmpic champions.

Polandís Patryk Chojnowski won Class 10, Hungaryís Peter Palos clinched the Class 11 title.

Europeans in Form
In a similar manner in the Womenís Singles competition, London Paralympic champion, Kelly Van Zon of the Netherlands won Class 7 with Thu Kamkasomphu of France winning Class 8 and Australiaís Melissa Tapper being crowned the Class 10 champion.
Titles for European visitors to Bayreuth and there were more.

In the Womenís Wheelchair categories, Russiaís Nadezda Pushpasheva won Class1-2, Swedenís Ingela Lundback secured gold in Class 5 with Ukraineís Anotonia Khodzynska securing the top prize in Class 6.

Play now commences in the Team events.

The Classes
Classes 1 Ė 5 are for Wheelchair players, Classes 6-10 for Standing Players, Class 11 is for players with an intellectual disability.

Nadezda Pushpasheva, winner of Womenís Singles Class 1-2
Photo by Bettina Bauer

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