24 Jul 2017

Silver medallists at the recent 2017 World Para Team Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia, when beaten in the final of Women’s Class 9-10 by Brazil’s Bruna Alexandre and Danielle Rauen; the Turkish duo of Merve Demir and Neslihan Kavas gained a degree of consolation on Saturday 17th June at the 2017 Bayreuth Open in Germany.

Not listed amongst the leading teams, they won the Class 8-10 title; perhaps to some extent owing a debt of gratitude to the partnership formed by Hungary’s Zsofia Arloy and Poland’s Karolina Pek.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

At the semi-final stage Zsofia Arloy and Karolina Pek beat Bruna Alexandre and Danielle Rauen, the top seeds, by two matches to one; the lost the doubles (11-7, 13-11, 11-6), before Karolina Pek beat Bruna Alexandre (13-11, 9-11, 2-11, 14-12, 11-5) and Zsofia Arloy overcame Danielle Rauen (6-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-2).

In the final, Merve Demir and Neslihan Kavas, who had beaten the host nation’s Lena Kramm and Marlene Reeg in their semi-final duel by two matches to nil, awaited and awaited with a degree of confidence.

Earlier, in the group stage they had recorded a two-one win against Zsofia Arloy and Karolina Pek; in the title decider the outcome was even more emphatic, a two-nil margin of victory was recorded. The doubles was secured (11-7, 11-9, 11-3) before Merve Demir beat Karolina Pek to end matters (11-5, 11-8, 11-7).

Surprise winners, in the remaining categories in the Women’s Team events, the top seeds prevailed.

Korea’s Yoon Jiyu and Lee Migyu won Class 3; whilst colleague Jung Younga partnered Hong Kong’s Wong Pui Yi to success in Class 4-5. Notably one day earlier in the Women’s Singles events, Yoon Jiyu had won Class 3; Jung Younga had secured the Class 5 title.

Success for Korea and there was also success for Russia. Uliya Shishkina and Raisa Chebanika emerged as the champions in Class 6-7, whilst Elena Prokofeva, who had won Women’s Singles Class 11, added to her tally of success.

She partnered Ukraine’s Natalya Kosmina to gold in Class 11.

2017 Bayreuth Para Open: Complete Results

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