22 Nov 2017

Listed at the very top of the Women’s Class 5 Para World Rankings, Jordan’s Khetam Abuawad emerged the toast of the host nation in Amman on Tuesday 21st November.

Impressively and thoroughly justifying her present status in the global order, she won the Women’s Singles Class 3-5 title at the 2017 Al-Watani Championships.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

On the second day of action she ended the hopes of India, accounting for Bhavina Patel at the semi-final stage (11-7, 11-9, 11-5), prior to securing the title at the final expense of Sonalben Patel (11-9, 11-6, 11-6).

Success against Sonalben Patel was to be expected, the margin of the victory was somewhat of a surprise; on the opening day of play they had met in the group stage of proceedings. On that occasion Khetam Abuawad had been required to recover from a two games to nil deficit, eventually succeeding by the very narrowest of margins in the deciding fifth game (9-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 16-14).

“Yesterday, I was nervous and made a number of mistakes. Today, with the help of my coach, I was able to keep calm and avoid making mistakes; this is my fourth gold medal for 2017. I am very happy with my performance.” I am very happy with my performance.” Khetam Abuawad

In the counterpart semi-final, Sonalben Patel accounted for Egypt’s Faiza Mahmoud (12-10, 11-9, 11-7), a player very much in form; the previous day she had caused somewhat of an upset by beating Bhavina Patel, who started proceedings as the second seed, to secure first place in her group (9-11, 12-10, 6-11, 12-10, 12-10).

Success Ketham Abuawad and a fourth success of the year on the international scene; in July she won the Women’s Singles Class 4-5 title in Slovenia, in October in Thailand and last week in Spain she was crowned Women’s Singles Class 5 champion.

More titles this year for Khetam Abuawad, it was more medals for Turkey’s Ümran Ertis; bronze medallist earlier this year at the 2017 European Para Championships in Lasko, Sweden, she won the Women’s Singles Class 6-10 event.
In a group organised event, the 21 year old from Ankara concluded her itinerary of matches with success against the Indian duo of Baby Ravi (11-2, 11-7, 13-11) and Vaishnavi Sutar (11-4, 11-2, 11-4).

Baby Ravi duly finished in second place with Palestine’s Nour Abdaljalil in third position.

Proceedings in the individual events concluded; the focus now turns to the team competitions; play concludes in Amman on Wednesday 22nd November.

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