Tournaments

11 May 2019

Impressive performances, China emerged the most successful nation on duty in the standing categories in the women’s team events at the Para Thermana Lasko Slovenia Open 2019 on Saturday 11th May.

However, the names to stand out were those of Ukraine’s Maryna Lytovchenko and Russia’s Elena Prokofeeva, both added more gold to their collection.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Winner of the class 6 title earlier in the week Maryna Lytovchenko joined forces with Romania’s Gabriela Constantin to secure the top prize in the class 6-7 team event; furthermore, the success was very much contrary to expectations.

The no.3 seeds, in a group administered event, they finished ahead of the top seeded Russian duo comprising Raisa Chebanika and Maliak Alieva; the no.2 seeds, the pairing formed by Turkey’s Kubra Korkut and Germany’s Bente Harenberg concluding matters in third position. A quite outstanding effort and even more outstanding when taken into consideration the fact that they did not surrender a single individual match; the score-line 2-0 was recorded on each occasion.

Meanwhile, in class 11, the category for players with a learning difficulty, Elena Prokofeeva added to her earlier success by partnering colleague Anzhelika Kosacheva to gold. The top seeds, at the final hurdle they recorded a 2-0 win in opposition to Japan’s Kanami Furukawa and Sayuri Mio.

Otherwise, in the women’s team standing events, it was success for China. Imposingly Mao Jingdian, Huang Wenjuan and Li Guiying combined to secure the class 8 title and repeated earlier success. In the group stage they had recorded a 2-0 win again the German pairing of Juliane Wolf and Stephanie Grebe, in the final they did exactly the same.

Gold for China as status predicted, it was the same in class 9 but not in class 10. In a group organised class 9 competition, Xiong Guiyan and Liu Meng finished ahead of Poland’s Karolina Pek and Malgorzata Jankowska; rather differently in class 10, not listed amongst the top outfits, Fan Lei, Zhao Xiajing and Hou Chunxiao emerged victorious. At the final hurdle they claimed a 2-1 win in opposition to the Turkish trio of Neslihan Kavas, Merve Demir and Ümran Ertis.

Play concluded in Lasko, attention now turns to Wladyslawowo; the three day Para Polish Open 2019 commences on Thursday 30th May.

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