16 Nov 2017

All good things come to an end or so they say; at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open in Stockholm on the late afternoon of Thursday 16th November, the progress of Egypt’s Dina Meshref and Italy’s Debora Vivarelli, in the Women’s Doubles event, came to a conclusion.

They were beaten in four games by Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching (11-5, 10-12, 11-7, 11-1); the fact that they reached the main draw was quite remarkable, the fact they extracted a game from one of the tournament’s leading pairs was quite an achievement.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Each needed a partner; a stroke of sheer genius, Didier Leroy, the Competition Manager, paired the two together.

After a somewhat shaky start, the left handed attacking skills of Dina Meshref gelled with the similar attributes of the right handed Debora Vivarelli.

In their opening qualification contest in they beat Sweden’s Filippa Bergand and Christina Källberg by the very narrowest of margins (11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9, 13-11), prior to reserving their place in the main draw courtesy of success against Nadezhda Bogdanova and Daria Trigolos, the second highest rated pair on preliminary phase duty, in a rather less dramatic manner (11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-2).

“We spoke after the first match and we felt our styles complemented each other; Deborah plays with a lot of spin and that really helped me.” Dina Meshref

“Dina is good with the short game, good over the table and that created opportunities for me; next week we play in Spain but not together; we’d like to play together again, I’ll ask my association.” Debora Vivarelli

Success for the top seeds; there was also success for the second seeds in the opening round of the Women’s Doubles event. Japan’s Hina Hayata and Mima Ito beat Thailand’s Tamolwan Khethuan and Nanthana Komwong (11-6, 11-9, 12-10).

Results as expected but there were two surprises. Luxembourg’s Sarah de Nutte and Ni Xialian accounted for Germany’s Han Ying and Shan Xiaona, the no.7 seeds (11-9, 13-1, 4-11, 11-8); the combination of Spain’s Maria Xiao and Canada’s Zhang Mo ended the aspirations of the host nation’s Linda Bergström and Jennifer Jonsson (11-8, 13-11, 13-11).

Both quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Women’s Doubles event will be played on Friday 17th November.

World Tour 2017 Seamaster Swedish Open Dina Meshref Debora Vivarelli

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