09 Sep 2017

Gold medallist earlier in the year in both Thailand and Hungary; Israel’s Karmit Dor added to her collection of silverware on Friday 8th September, when she emerged successful in Women’s Singles Class 9-10 at the 2017 Czech Para Open in Ostrava.

Furthermore, the success was slightly contrary to expectations.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

The no.2 seed, after accounting for Hungary’s Bettina Bicsak in the penultimate round (9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-5); she clinched the title at the final expense of Poland’s Karolina Pek, the top seed, eventually emerging successful by the very narrowest of five game margins (4-11, 12-10, 11-5, 9-11, 13-11).

Success for Karmit Dor and to some extent it was revenge; two years ago in the Czech Republic, she had been beaten at the semi-final stage by Karolina Pek (11-5, 11-8, 13-11) who had progressed to win the title overcoming Germany’s Julianne Wolf on the final (11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6).

“It was a difficult match. Karolina is a strong player. All the time I tried to attack first; that was my strategy, I never gave up. It is an important win for me; good preparation for the European Championships.” Karmit Dor.

Otherwise, in the Women’s Singles events, matters progressed as status very much advised; the only possible exception being in Class 11 which in involved four players competing on an all-play-all basis, none the owner of a current world ranking.

Hungary’s Andrea Mate finished ahead of the Czech Republic trio comprising Marcela Cerenakova, Kveta Telvakova and Marie Horvathova.

Meanwhile, in the two remaining Women’s Singles events decided on the second day of play, the top seed beat the second seed, to secure the top prize.

In Class 1-2, in the vital determining contest in a group organised event, Italy’s Giada Rossi accounted for Poland’s Dorota Buclaw (4-11, 11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8); in the final of Class 4-5, Slovenia’s Andreja Dolinar overcame Austria’s Heike Koller (11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 14-12).

One day earlier, in a group organised event, Andela Muzinic won Class with Croatian colleague, Helena Dretar in second place.

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