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Press Release: Tiago Apolonia, the Sensational Winner in Austria
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Tiago Apolonia the 2010 Austrian Open Men's Singles champion  Photo By: George Diener

10/24/2010        LIEBHERR 2010 Austrian Open - ITTF Pro Tour (Click here to access this section)

Press Release

ITTF Pro Tour Ė Austrian Open

Wels, Sunday 24th October 2010

Tiago Apolonia, the Sensational Winner in Austria

Portugalís 24 year old Tiago APOLONIA emerged as the shock Menís Singles champion at the Austrian Open in Wels on Sunday 24th October 2010.

Never having progressed beyond the third round of a Menís Singles event on the ITTF Pro Tour, APOLONIA, the no.13 seed, beat Germanyís Timo BOLL, the reigning European champion, to collect the top prize of US$ 16,000.

It was one of the yearís biggest upsets and it very nearly did not happen; in his first round contest against Frenchmen Emmanuel LEBESSON two days earlier, Tiago APOLONIA had saved four match points before securing victory.

A shock result in the Menís Singles event but not in the counterpart Womenís Singles competition where China dominated matters,

GUO Yue, 22 years old and the 2007 World champion, captured the crown beating 18 year old compatriot WU Yang in the final.

The Womenís Singles title for GUO Yue and earlier in the day, partnering LI Xiaoxia, the duo captured Womenís Doubles gold. Winners of the Womenís Doubles title at the LIEBHERR World Championships in both 2007 and 2009, the duo defeated teenage compatriots, WU Yang and ZHU Yuling in the final.

It was for GUO Yue and LI Xiaoxia their eighth ITTF Pro Tour Womenís Doubles title; whilst in the Menís Doubles event, it was a first for Hong Kong Kongís JIANG Tianyi and TANG Peng.

In the past they have been quarter-finalists and semi-finalists but never finalists in ITTF Pro Tour Menís Doubles events; in Austria they came good.

They beat Koreaís JEONG Sang Eun and RYU Seung Min at the final hurdle to clinch gold.

Menís Singles
Timo Boll (GER) bt Ryu Seung Min (KOR) 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-2,11-3, 11-8
Tiago APOLONIA (POR) bt Kenta MATSUDAIRA (JPN) 11-6, 11-5, 11-4, 11-5

Tiago APOLONIA (POR) bt Timo BOLL (GER) 10-12, 11-8, 3-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6

Womenís Singles
WU Yang (CHN) bt LI Jiao (NED) 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 13-11, 11-6
GUO Yue (CHN) bt LI Xiaoxia (CHN) 3-11, 14-16, 13-11,11-7,11-9, 11-8

GUO Yue (CHN) bt WU Yang (CHN) 11-3, 9-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-4, 13-11

Menís Doubles
JIANG Tianyi / TANG Peng (HKG) bt JEONG Sang Eun / RYU Seung Min (KOR) 11-3, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9

Womenís Doubles
GUO Yue / LI Xiaoxia (CHN) bt WU Yang / ZHU Yuling (CHN) 11-4, 11-6, 11-2,11-4

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