31 May 2019

Proceedings in the initial stage of play in the women’s singles events at the 2019 Para Polish Open in Wladyslawowo completed on Thursday 30th May, the leading names all ended the day with title hopes alive.

However, there were notable performances contrary to predictions that attracted the attention.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Most significantly in class 4, it was a good day for Serbia.

Two groups in the initial phase of proceedings, Borislava Peric-Rankovic, the top seed, remained unbeaten to reserve first place in her group, colleague Nada Matic upset the odds. She beat Germany’s Sandra Mikolaschek, the no.2 seed, in five games (11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-6) to claim top spot.

Defeat for Sandra Mikolaschek but not the end of the road; it was her only reverse of the day; thus second place in the group was secured and a passport to the main draw. In all para events where there are two stages, first and second in each group advance to the knock-out rounds.

Second place in the group for Sandra Mikolaschek (Photo: Bogdan Pasek)


Problems for the second seed in class 4, it was the same in class 11. Russia’s Elena Prokofeva, the top seed, remained unbeaten but for host nation’s Krystyna Lysiak, the name at the head of the corresponding group, it was different scenario. She finished in runners up spot losing to Hong Kong’s Ng Ming Wui (11-5, 11-9, 12-10).

Testing times but main draw places booked; for the remaining principal names it was success without great alarm.

In group events organised on an all-play-all basis, in class 1-2 Russia’s Nadejda Pushpsasheva ended the day the only unbeaten player. Similarly, in class 9, Poland’s Karolina Pek maintained a perfect record as did Germany’s Lena Kramm, a situation that applied also in class 10. Turkey’s Merve Demir, the top seed, enjoyed a successful day as did Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic.

Meanwhile, in competitions where two stages were involved, Croatia’s Andela Muzinic and Slovakia’s Alena Kanova, the leading names in class 3, remained unbeaten as in class 5 did Jordan’s Khetam Abuawad and Sweden’s Raisa Chebanika.

First place for Khetam Abuawad (Photo: Bogdan Pasek)


Similarly, in class 6, Russia’s Raisa Chebanika and Poland’s Katarzyna Marszal secured first positions in their respective groups, as in class 7-8 did Norway’s Aida Dahlen and Germany’s Juliane Wolf.

Play in the women’s singles events concludes on Friday 31st May.

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