by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Abdullah Ozturk claimed the Men’s Singles Class 4 title in an event that was dominated by Turkey. At the semi-final stage he beat Suleyman Vural (13-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-3), before accounting for Nesim Turan (11-8, 11-9, 11-6); a contest in which the top seed beat the second seed.
Success according to status, in Class 5, Hamza Caliskan reversed the order. The second seed, in the final, he overcame Egypt’s Ehab Fetir, the top seed (11-8, 11-9, 11-6) to claim gold, having in the penultimate round beaten India’s Vivek More (11-0, 11-4, 11-4).
“Fetir was playing a different game from what I knew him to normally play; it took me the first two games to try and understand it. I was under pressure, it was important for me to win as I need the points to be able to play in the World Championships; this was my big motivation. I hope to be one of the youngest players in my Class to play at the World Championships.” Hamza Caliskan
Success for Turkey, in the one remaining Men’s Singles wheelchair event, it was success for Egypt with the host nation having to settle for silver.
Mamdouch Taman secured the Class 2-3 title; at the final hurdle, he overcame Islam Al-Yamanil (11-7, 11-2, 11-7).
Play in the individual events concluded; attention now turns to the team competitions; play concludes in Amman on Wednesday 22nd November.
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