Tournaments

21 Oct 2018

Gold medallists at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, China’s Xue Juan and Serbia’s Borislava Peric-Rankovic added to their list of titles by emerging successful at the 2018 ITTF World Para Championships in Lasko-Celje on Saturday 20th October.

Competing in the Women’s Singles wheelchair categories, Xue Juan won Class 3; Borislava Peric-Rankovic emerged successful in Class 4.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Impressive performances, at the semi-final stage, Xue Juan, the no.2 seed, beat Croatia’s Andela Muzinic, the no.4 seed (11-1, 11-9, 11-7), before securing the title at the final expense of colleague, Li Qian, the no.3 seed (2-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9).

Furthermore, Xue Juan was a player in form; in the penultimate round, she had beaten Sweden’s Anna-Carin Ahlquist, the top seed (11-5, 11-7, 11-13, 3-11, 11-8).

Good form from Xue Juan; it was the same from Borislava Peric-Rankovic. After having accounted for Zhang Miao, the no.3 seed (11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 13-11), the player she beat in the Rio final; the no.2 seed, she captured the title at the final expense of Zhou Ying, the top seed and like Zhang Miao also from China. Borislava Peric-Rankovic emerged successful in three straight games (11-6, 11-7, 11-8).

Success for China and Serbia; there was also success for the Korea Republic. Seo Suyeon emerged the winner of Class 1-2, Kang Oejeong secured the Class 5 title. Both were wins as anticipated, both started proceedings as the top seeds.

On the concluding day of play, at the final hurdle, Seo Suyeon overcame Brazil’s Catia da Silva Oliveira (11-3, 12-10, 13-11); meanwhile, after beating Chinese Taipei’s Hsiao Shu-Chin 11-7, 8-11, 13-11, 11-7), Kang Oejeong secured the title at the final expense of Sweden’a Ingela Lundbäck, the no.2 seed (11-4, 11-4, 11-5).

Play concluded in Lasko-Celje, attention now turns to Almeria; the Spanish Para Open commences on Thursday 15th November.

2018 World Para Championships: Results

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