by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Yosuke Watanabe and Hokuto Koriyma won the Men’s Team title, the counterpart top prize in the Women’s Team competition finished in the hands of Minami Ando and Saki Seyama.
Fixtures comprising two singles matches and one doubles to decide if necessary; in the final of the Men’s Team event, Japan ‘A’ beat Japan ‘B’. Yosuke Watanabe overcame Yusuke Sadamatsu (11-4, 5-11, 13-11, 11-5), Hokuto Koriyama beat Daisuke Yosida (11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8). In the Women’s Team final it very much the same scenario with Japan ‘A’ beaten Japan ‘B’. Saki Seyama lost to Mai Asadi (10-12, 11-6, 11-9, 3-11, 11-5), before Minami Ando accounted for Akari Okushita (11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5) and the doubles ended matters (11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 5-11, 13-11).
Later in the week from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December, the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events will be held, play as in previous years being organised on a progressive knock-out formula; thus every players gains a position relevant to their performance.
The host nation’s Benedek Oláh is the top seed in the Men’s Singles event; last year’s respective Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles winners, Hokuto Koriyma and Minami Ando are defend their titles.
A total of 30 countries are competing in Lohja, a total of 27 table tennis tables are in use; the event follows the 100 yeas celebration of Finland’s Independence Day on Wednesday 6th December.
2017 Finlandia Open: Team Events – Full Results – Men’s Team Event (Thursday 7th December)
2017 Finlandia Open: Team Events – Full Results – Women’s Team Event (Thursday 7th December)
2017 Finlandia Open: Draw for Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles Events