09 May 2019

Intense competition; nowhere was that more evident on the opening day of play, Wednesday 8th May, at the Para Themana Lasko Slovenia Open 2019 than in women’s singles class 9.

Four groups in the initial stage of proceedings, the leading names were more than thankful that first and second positions reserved main draw places. All experienced defeats, all finished the day in runners up spots; their conquerors all remained unbeaten to reserve top positions.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Poland’s Karolina Pek, the top seed, was beaten by Russia’s Olga Komleva-Gorshkaleva (8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-3, 11-9); China’s Xiong Guiyan, the no.2 seed lost to Lei Li Na, now representing Australia (6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-4).

Similarly, Turkey’s Neslihan Kavas, the no.3 seed, suffered at the hands of Brazil’s Danielle Rauen (11-13, 11-7, 4-11, 13-11, 11-8), next in the pecking order Korea Republic’s Kim Kunhea experienced defeat when facing Liu Meng, like Xiong Guiyan from China (11-3, 5-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-4).

Second place and progress, for Denmark’s Sophie Walloe, the top seed in women’s singles class 10, it was third place in her group behind China’s Hou Chunxiao and Nozomi Takeuchi; thus farewell. Similarly, in the same event, Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic, the no.5 seed, experienced the same fate, also ending the day behind Chinese opposition. She finished next in line to Zhao Xiaojing with Hungary’s Bettinsa Bicsak in second spot.

Problems for the top seeds; in the remaining women’s singles standing categories there were no such problems but there were surprises.

In Class 6, Russia’s Maryna Lytovchenko, the top seed, secured first place in her group but Korea’s Republic’s Lee Kunwoo, the no.3 seed, had to settle for second place behind Germany’s Stephanie Grebe.

Likewise in class 7, Turkey’s Kubra Korkut justified her top seeded position to remain unbeaten but for Russia’s Victoriya Safonova, the no.2 seed, it was runners up spot behind China’s Wang Rui.

Success against the odds for China, it was similar in class 8; Mao Jingdian, the top seed, duly remained unbeaten but colleague Huang Wenjuan caused the upset. She secured first place ahead of Germany’s Juliane Wolf, the no.4 seed.

Upsets and as in class 9, there was more than the fair share in class 11. Poland’s Krystyna Lysiak, the no.3 seed, ended the day in second place, next in line to Japan’s Maki Ito, as did Russia’s Anzhelika Kosacheva behind the Czech Republic’s Denisa Macurova. Runners up spots but progress; not for Japan’s Kanami Furukawa; her lot was third position; the top two places being reserved by Poland’s Dorota Nowacka and Turkey’s Ebru Acer.

Notably without the loss of a single game Russia’s Elena Prokofeva reserved first place.

Play in the women’s singles standing classes concludes on Thursday 9th May.

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