21 Mar 2019

Favourites for gold, in the women’s singles events at the 2019 Para Costa Brava Open in Girona; the top seeds all emerged successful.

In the seven events contested, whether in two stages with group play followed by knock-out, or on an all-play-all basis, matters followed the formbook.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

There was notable success for the Korea Republic; in class 2-4, at the final hurdle Seo Suyeon accounted for India’s Bhavina Hasmukh Bai (11-8, 11-9, 12-10), to secure the title. Meanwhile in class 6, in a group organized event, Lee Kunwoo finished in first position ahead of Romania’s Gabriela Constantin.

Significantly, both Bhavina Hasmukh Bai and Gabriela Constantin commenced play as the no.2 seeds, the runners up spot was as predicted; the only event in which the top two names did not finish in gold and silver positions was in class 11. Hong Kong’s Ng Mui Wui, as her status advised emerged the victor accounting for Lea Ferney of France in the final (11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9). The previous day, Wong Ka Man, the no.2 seed and also from Hong Kong had finished in third place in her group; thus she had not progressed to the main draw.

Otherwise it was the top two names in first and second places.

In group organized events, in class 7, Kelly van Zon finished ahead of Korea Republic’s Kim Seongok. Likewise in class 9 Brazilians Danielle Rauen and Jennyfer Marques Parinos occupied the respective top two places.

”I am new so I didn’t know the players well. I studied the matches thoroughly with my coach preparing very good strategies. I just gave my best to win; now I will rest to prepare for team event.” Danielle Rauen

Success for Danielle Rauen; also in a group administered competition, in class 10 Denmark’s Sophie Walloe ended matters on the top step of the podium. She finished ahead of Romania’s Ioana-Monica Tepelea.

“I was nervous and shaking when I had to play Monica; as the top seed I am happy to win the tournament.” Sophie Walloe

Meanwhile, in class 8, a group phase followed by knock-out being needed, Thu Kamkasomphu of France, the winner last week in Lignano made it back-to-back titles; she secured the top prize at the final expense of Japan’s Yuri Tomono (11-3, 11-8, 11-4).

The individual events concluded attention now turns to the team competitions.

2019 Para Costa Brava Open: Draws and Results

Paralympics Para Table Tennis 2019 Costa Brava Spanish Open Danielle Rauen

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