Galia Dvorak, alongside Sara Ramirez, the toast of Spain
Photo By: Adel Hakouz
2012 Final World Olympic Qualification Tournament
Spain was the country with the greatest cause for celebration, as matters came to a close on a tension packed third day of play, Saturday 12th May 2012, at the Final World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Doha.
Carlos Machado brought the second round of the Menís Singles event to a close by beating Great Britainís Paul Drinkhall in a full seven games distance duel (11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 6-11, 11-5).
One hour later colleagues Galia Dvorak and Sara Ramirez followed suit, both living on the proverbial knife-edge.
Both recorded thrilling seven games victories in their Womenís Singles quarter-final encounters.
Furthermore, both recovered from deficits to secure victory.
All four Womenís Singles quarter-final duels were tension packed affairs with, in each instance, the eventual victory being required to mount a recovery.
Swedenís Matilda Ekholm lost the first two games against Hong Kongís Li Ho Ching, before winning the next four (9-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7); whilst in the contest that concluded the round of the last eight, the Czech Republicís Dana Hadacova fought back from a three games to two deficit to beat Russiaís Anna Tikhomirova (11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 4-11, 10-12, 13-11, 11-7).
However, it was Galia Dvorak and Sara Ramirez who took centre stage.
Galia Dvorak recovered from a three games to one deficit to beat Russiaís Yana Noskova (11-7, 7-11, 8-11, 3-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-3), before Sara Ramirez came back from a two games to nil and three games to two deficit to overhaul Portugalís Lei Huang Mendes (6-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7).
The wins recorded by Galia Dvorak and Sara Ramirez means that Spain has now three female players who are potentially qualified to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
London Place Beckons
Shen Yanfei booked her place one year ago as a result of her World ranking following the GAC GROUP 2011 World Championships in Rotterdam.
A place in the Womenís Team event in the ExCel Arena in late July beckons for Spain.