10 Nov 2017

A successful day at the Spanish Para Open in Alicante for the host nation’s Alvaro Valera and Juan Bautista Perez but it was disappointment for José Manuel Ruiz, bronze medallist at the European Para Championships earlier this year in Lasko, Slovenia.

Injury forced him to withdraw from the Men’s Singles Class 10 event, a competition in which he held high hopes of a podium finish.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

After accounting for Turkey’s Faith Erden in three straight games (11-5, 11-5, 11-4), he was beaten by China’s Lian Hao, the no.3 seed, by a similar margin to the earlier success enjoyed (11-7, 11-7, 11-9); alas for the host nation that was to prove his last contest in the competition.

“During the second match, against China’s Lian Hao, I felt a pain in my left leg. I had problems with the leg before the tournament but I had tests and I spoke to my doctor. Also during warm-up before the third match, I felt a pain so I preferred stop so not to risk making the injury worse.” José Manuel Ruiz

Notably Lian Hao duly topped the group as did the other two leading names in Men’s Class 10; Poland’s Patryk Chojnowski, the top seed, finished in first place in his group as did Indonesia’s David Jacobs, the second seed.

A successful day for Patryk Chojnowski; that was the situation for the top seeds in every Men’s Singles event.

Additional to Alvero Valera in Class 6 and Juan Bautista Perez in Class 9, it was first place in the initial phase group for China’s Gao Yan Ming in Class 1-2, as it was for his colleagues Feng Panfeng in Class 3 and Cao Ningning in Class 5. Likewise, also from China, it was a fruitful day in Class 7 for Yan Shuo and in Class 8 for Zhao Shuai.

Meanwhile, not to be upstaged, the leading name in Class 4, Turkey’s Abdulla Ozturk ended the day unbeaten.

Proceedings in the Men’s Singles events conclude on Friday 9th November.


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