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