02 Jul 2018

Runner up last December when again the tournament was staged in Las Vegas, finishing in second place in a group organised event behind Germany’s Thomas Schmidberger; on Friday 29th June at the 2018 United States Para Open, Jenson Van Emburgh turned silver to gold.

The 18 year old won the Men’s Singles Class 3 title; furthermore, he won against the odds.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Occupying the no.4 seeded position in the competition, at the semi-final stage he beat Korea’s Kim Jinsung, the no.2 seed (11-5, 12-10, 11-5), prior to arresting the title at the final expense of Brazil’s Welder Knaf, the top seed (11-7, 11-3, 8-11, 13-11).

Gold for Jenson Van Emburgh who, in the wheelchair categories emerged the one surprise winner; in the other events it was success for the top seeds.

In the Men’s Singles competitions, in Class 1, Korea’s Lee Haekon finished ahead of the host nation’s Michael Godfrey. Meanwhile, in all Korean finals Cha Sooyong beat Lee Jungi (11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 14-12) to claim the Class 2 title; Kim Kiyoung overcame Kim Kyungyoung to secure Class 4-5 gold (11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7).

Likewise, in the Women’s Singles wheelchair events it was success for the leading names with Sweden ruling the roost.

Anna-Carin Ahlqhuist won Class 2-3 beating Pamela Fontaine of the United States in the final (11-3, 11-7, 11-9), Ingela Lundbäck emerged the Class 4-5 champion, in the title deciding contest, she accounted for Israel’s Caroline Tabib (11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8).

Attention now turns to the team events; play concludes on Saturday 30th June.

2018 United States Para Open: Results and Draws

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