03 Mar 2017

Competing on home soil, Giada Rossi was the toast of Italy on the afternoon of Thursday 2nd March at the 2017 Lignano Para Open.

The 22 year old, bronze medallist at the 2016 Paralympic Games, emerged as the winner of the Women’s Singles Class 1-2 event.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Furthermore, she won somewhat against the odds; the no.2 seed, she accounted for Russia’s Nadejda Pushpasheva, the top seed, at the final hurdle (11-7, 7-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-3).

Success for Giada Rossi, who emerged as one of two surprise winners in the Women’s Singles event; the other being Germany’s Sandra Mikolaschek, the player who earlier in the week had won the Class 1-5 title in the junior tournament.

Similar to Giada Rossi, she was the no.2 seed and beat the top seed in the final; she overcame, Serbia’s Borislava Peri-Rankovic, gold medallist in Women’s Singles Class 4 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Impressively she won in four games (11-8, 4-11, 11-9, 11-2).

Meanwhile, in the remaining Women’s Singles events, it was success for the top seeds, with Croatia very much leading the way.

Sandra Paovic won Class 6 accounting for Ukraine’s Antonina Khodzynskaya in the final (11-4, 14-12, 11-5), whilst in group organised events, Andela Muzinic secured the Class 3 crown, notably finishing one place ahead of colleague, Helena Dretar. Likewise Mirjana Lucic was crowned the Class 10 champion, Romania’s Ioana-Monica Tepelea being the silver medallist.

Success for Croatia; there was also success as status predicted for the Netherlands for Poland and for Russia.

Kelly van Zon claimed the Class 7 title beating Russia’s Victoriya Safonova in the final (11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 13-11); in a group organised event Poland’s Karolina Pek remained unbeaten to claim the top prize in Class 8-9, the silver medal finished in the hands of Russia’s Olga Komleva.

Silver for Russia, in Class 11 it was gold and silver; Natalya Kosmina overcame coll

The individual events concluded; eyes now focus on the team competitions; play concludes on Saturday 4th March.

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