by Ian Marshall, Editor
The top seed, in the final Fabien Lamirault overcame Poland’s Rafal Czuper, the no.2 seed (11-7, 13-11, 11-1), after having beaten the Czech Republic’s Jiri Suchanek in a full distance five games semi-final (13-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-5, 11-8).
A hard earned semi-final win for Fabien Lamirault, for Feng Panfeng it was hard earned success in the final; he beat Germany’s Thomas Schmidberger, the top seed, to seal the title (11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 11-3). Earlier at the semi-final stage Feng Panfeng had caused Germany more pain by overcoming Thomas Brüchle, the no.3 seed (13-11, 11-9, 11-6).
Notable performances but of the trio, arguably the most notable effort was that achieved by Nesim Turan; he commenced matters as the no.4 seed. After accounting for China’s Zhan Yan in the penultimate round in five games (11-5, 6-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-8), in the title decider, he beat colleague Abdullah Ozturk, the no.2 seed (11-6, 13-11, 11-9).
The runners up spot for Abdullah Ozturk, in Class 5 for Ali Ozturk it was gold as Turkey enjoyed more success. Occupying the no.4 seeded position, after defeating Norway’s Tommy Urhaug, the no.2 seed (6-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-5), he beat China’s Cao Ningning, the top seed, in what was to prove one of closest matches of the tournament. Ali Ozturk prevailed by the very narrowest of decisions (11-6, 11-2, 8-11, 5-11, 13-11).
Success somewhat contrary to expectations; in Class 1, the success gained by Korea Republic’s Kim Hyeonuk, competing in his first World Para Championships, was an event greater surprise. After recording a semi-final success against Argentina’s Fernando Eberhardt (11-9, 11-5, 11-9), he overcame colleague, Joo Youngdae, the top seed, to claim the title (11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5).
Play concluded in Lasko-Celje, the focus now turns to Almeria; the Spanish Para Open commences on Thursday 15th November.
2018 World Para Championships: Results