15 Dec 2016

Quarter-finalist at the recent Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, when beaten by eventual silver medallist, China’s Gu Cai; Israel’s Caroline Tabib emerged as the first player to secure gold at the current United States Para Open Championships in Las Vegas.

On the opening day of play, Wednesday 14th December, she emerged victorious in Women’s Singles Class 4-5; in a group organised event, she remained unbeaten to clinch the title but not without experiencing some tense moments.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

After beating Jennifer Johnson of the United States (11-5, 11-5, 11-5) and Chinese Taipei’s Chen Su-Fen (11-8, 11-3, 11-6), the 20 year old from Tel Aviv had to recover from a two games to nil deficit to overcome Chinese Taipei’s Hsiao Shu-Chin. Eventually, she emerged successful by the very narrowest of margins in the deciding fifth game (8-11, 14-16, 11-7, 11-9, 13-11).

Hsiao Shu-Chin finished in second place ahead of Chen Su-Fen and Jennifer Johnson.

The outcome was very much as expected; Caroline Tabib is listed at no.6 on the Women’s Class 5 World Rankings, Hsiao Shu-Chin at no.11; Chen Su-Fen and Jennifer Johnson have no current global status.

According to status, in the remaining Women’s Singles events, it was very much the same scenario with the top seeds enjoying a day without defeat.

In group organised events with one match still to play, Doris Mader remained unbeaten in Class 2-3 as did Norway’s Aida Dahlen in Class 8-10.

Likewise, in Class 6-7 where play is in two stages, Kelly van Zon of the Netherlands duly topped her group and reserved a semi-final place but there was an upset.

Germany’s Stephanie Grebe had to settle for runners up spot in her group; she was beaten by China’s Zu Mingyu (11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 7-11, 11-3). Zu Mingyu remained unbeaten to top the group and thus booked a semi-final place.

“It is nice to be in Vegas and tournament is going good so far. I was in the US before, but it is always exciting to come back. Flooring, tables and everything has been good and tournament has a good turn-out. Of course, I would love to come back. It is not be easy for me since I am class 6 in a combined class but I will go in court and fight hard”, Stephanie Grebe

Meanwhile, Stephanie Grebe also secured her place in the last four; required to compete in the quarter-finals, she beat Chinese Taipei’s Chen Su-Chen (11-5, 11-5, 13-11).

Play in the individual events concludes on Thursday 15th December.

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