10 May 2017

Success on the final day of action, Tuesday 9th May, at the 2017 Thermana Lasko 14th Slovenia Para Open, resulted in Kelly van Zon of the Netherlands, alongside Russia’s Olga Komleva-Gorshkaleva and Brazil’s Bruna Alexandre concluding the tournament as the most successful female players.

Having secured titles two days earlier in the Women’s Singles events, they repeated the success in the Women’s Team events.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Kelly van Zon, who had won Women’s Singles Class 7, partnered Turkey’s Kubra Korkut to success in Women’s Team Class 6-7; the pair accounting for Russia’s Raisa Chebanika and Ulija Shishkina by two matches to nil at the final hurdle.

Similarly it was the same margin of success for Bruna Alexandre in partnership with compatriot Danielle Raeun in the final of Women’s Team Class 10; they overcame the combination of Turkey’s Neslihan Kavas and Merve Demir to seal the top prize.

Convincing wins, in Women’s Team Class 8, there was no stopping Olga Komleva-Gorshkaleva and Elena Litvinenko; in a group organised event, they did not drop a single match en route to gold. Second place finished in the hands Hungary’s Zsofia Arloy who partnered Norway’s Aida Dahlen.

Two gold medals, for Croatia’s Andela Muzinic and Jordan’s Khetam Abuawad it was one gold and one silver.

Andela Muzinic, who earlier had won the Women’s Singles Class 3 title had to settle for second place in the Women’s Team Class 1-3 event; partnering colleague, Helena Dretar and occupying the top seeded position, the duo experienced defeat at the hands of Thailand’s Dararat Asayat and Pattaravedee Wararitdamrongkul.

It was a similar situation for Khetam Abuawad; in the final of Women’s Singles Class 4-5, Khetham Abuawad had beaten Serbia’s Borislava-Rankovic in four games in the title deciding contest (11-8, 7-11, 13-11, 11-9). Two days in the same category, the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games gold medallist extracted revenge. She beat her nemesis of earlier in the week in four games (3-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7), after having partnered colleague Nada Matic to success in the doubles against Khetham Abuawad and Faten Elelimat (11-7, 11-8, 11-7).

More medals for Khetham Abuawad and Borislava Peric-Rankovic; it was the same for Anzhelika Kosacheva in Women’s Team Class 11; earlier she had won bronze in the Women’s Singles event; on the concluding day of play it was silver. Partnering Russian colleague, Anastasia Egorenkova, the pair finished in second place in a group organised event behind the formation of Ukraine’s Natalya Kosmina and Poland’s Dorota Nowacka.

Play concluded in Lasko, attention now turns to Bratislava; the World Para Team Championships commence on Wednesday 17th May.

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