Kan Yo, the 2007 Liebherr Brazilian Open Men's Singles champion
Photo By: Marcio Rodrigues
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Japanís Kan Yo won his first ever title on the ITTF Pro Tour when he beat Singaporeís Gao Ning in the final of the Menís Singles event at the Liebherr Brazilian Open in Belo Horizonte on Sunday 15th April 2007.
It was a surprise victory. Gao Ning was the top seed whilst Kan Yo was seeded seven. Furthermore, on the one previous occasion they had met in a World Ranking event, success had gone the way of Gao Ning.
In the second round of the Menís Singles event at the Volkswagen Open Singapore in September 2006, Gao Ning had won in four straight games; in Belo Horizonte Kan Yo reversed that result. He won 11-8, 11-9, 11-7, 6-11
Tense moments were the order of the day in the opening exchanges of the first game, at 8-all it was parity; neither player was able to assert their authority on proceedings. It was at that stage that Kan Yo won both points on the Gao Ning service; the latter making errors when trying to follow the service with a backhand topspin
A point to win the opening game, the best rally of the contest to date ensued with forehand topspin rallies thrilling the crowd, the point eventually went to Kan Yo who, by the margin of 11-8, had the opening game in his grasp.
The second game very much followed the pattern of the first with two players level at 8-all. Serving an attacking powerfully after the service, Kan Yo won the next point but then lost the next when he served into the net.
The two players level at 9-all it appeared the advantage had swung in favour of Gao Ning, he was serving. However, both points went to Kan Yo; on the first a Gao Ning forehand missed the end of the table whilst on the point that ended the game a Gao Ning forehand topspin finished in the base of the net. Kan Yo was two games to nil ahead.
Short rallies, neither player able to assert themselves had been the scenario in the early stages of first two games. It was the same in the third, both served short continually, both attacked with venom after the service until the scores reached 6-all, the stage at which Kan Yo won four points in a row.
Gao Ning saved the first game point but he saved no more. Kan Yo won the third game 11-7.
In the fourth game, as in all the previous games there was little to choose between the two players but from 5-all, Gao Ning took control.
He consistently attacked the backhand of Kan Yo, the Japanese player made errors, Gao Ning won the fourth game 11-6 and there was a glimmer of hope.
In the fifth game Kan Yo tried to attack with his forehand whenever possible, directing the attacks into the backhand of Gao Ning. He went ahead6-4 with both his services to follow.
The two point lead prompted Gao Ning to call `Time Outí. However, the next two points went to Kan Yo as Gao Ning played passively, making mistakes blocking. Kan Yo was now in positive mood, he established a 10-5 lead, Gao Ning saved the first match point but when a backhand topspin from the Singaporean flew wide, the game was over.
Kan Yo was the champion. He had won his first ITTF Pro Tour title, he was the 2007 Liebherr Brazilian Open Menís Singles champion.