Wilfried Lieck eyes on title retention
Photo By: Christian Heyerdahl
2012 World Veteran Championships
The winner two years ago in Hohot, the hopes harboured by Germanyís Wilfried Lieck of retaining the Menís Singles 65-69 years title at the World Veteran Championships in Stockholm remain high, following his splendid efforts on Thursday 28th June in the Ericsson Arena.
He beat Englandís Johnny Clarke (13-11, 14-12, 11-9), Swedenís Nils Billing (11-8, 11-7, 11-4) and the Czech Republicís Jaroslav Kucera (11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9) to book his place in the semi-finals.
In the penultimate round, he meets the Czech Republicís Milos Matekjicek; whilst in the opposite half of the draw, an all Chinese battle awaits.
Yang Shoujie confronts Wang Yin.
In the quarter-finals, Milos Matejicek overcame Japanís Akira Suzuki (11-4, 11-2, 11-6), Yang Shoujie defeated Karel Sekanina, also from the Czech Republic (11-5, 11-7, 11-5) and Wang Yin accounted for Denmarkís Nils Ramberg (11-13, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7).
Overall, following the close of play on Thursday 28th June, a total of 32 players remain in the various Menís Singles categories; a total of 13 nations being represented in the 16 semi-finals.
Sweden has the largest contingent with eight representatives, the Czech Republic has seven and Germany has five.
The other countries represented are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Russia and the Slovak Republic.
Only Possible Defence
Furthermore, new champions will be crowned; the only possible successful defence being Wilfried Lieck.
However, there is one player who can regain a title.
The Czech Republicís Miroslav Cecava won the Menís Singles 50-59 years class in 2006 in Rio de Janeiro; four years later in Stockholm he is through the semi-finals in a most intriguing event.
In the penultimate round he faces the host nationís favourite, Mikael Appelgren.
At the quarter-final stage he Miroslav Cecava overcame Spainís Ismael Caymel (11-5, 11-6, 11-1); whilst Mikael Appelgren eventually combined mind body and soul to defeat Luxembourgís Tajan Ciociu (14-12, 7-11, 11-2, 4-11, 11-1).
An intriguing lower half of the draw and the top half is equally mouthwatering in the Menís Singles 50-59 years class.
Two former Chinese internationals confront; Germanyís Wang Yansheng meets Australiaís Lu Qiwei, the man who beat Mikael Appelgren in the group stage of proceedings.
In the round of the last eight, Wang Yangsheng beat Estoniaís Rein Lindmše (11-3, 11-5, 11-7) and Lu Qiwei defeated Japanís Masataka Tokai (11-2, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8).
World Veteran Championships 2012: Updated Results