by Ian Marshall, Editor
An opportunity presented, Endre Major secured the title at the final expense of Russia’s Dmitrij Lavrov (11-7, 11-7, 11-5); similarly there was a straight games win for Ireland’s Colin Judge in the Class 3 final, he beat Jensen Van Emburgh of the United States to claim the title (11-6, 11,5, 12-10).
Comprehensive wins; for Poland’s Rafal Czuper life was slightly more difficult. He needed four games to beat Russia’s Evgenii Riazantcev (17-15, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7) to secure the top prize in Class 2.
Meanwhile, for Croatia’s Tomislav Spalj, life was even more exacting. In the Class 4 final he required the full five games to overcome Slovakia’s Boris Travincek, only emerging victorious by the minimum two point margin in the deciding game (9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9).
“I played very well, the same as my opponent. However, it was my experience and maybe a bit of luck that eventually determined the winner.” Tomislav Spalj
It was for the Slovakian a case of so near yet so far.
“Although my rival was the favourite, when I led two games to one I started to think of victory. I am a little disappointed since the loss was pretty close.” Boris Travincek
Experience vital, it was the same in the Class 5 final, where Norway’s Tommy Urhaug claimed the title at the final expense of Great Britain’s Jack Hunter-Spivey (12-10, 11-4, 12-10), having at the semi-final stage ousted the more experienced Argentine, Mauro Depergola (11-7, 2-11; 11-7, 11-4).
“I had to concentrate hard and stick to the tactics that allowed me to beat Mauro who is without a doubt experienced player. I am always glad to return to Ostrava, I enjoy it here.” Tommy Urhaug
Attention now turns to the Men’s Team events, play concludes on Saturday 22nd September.
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