Tournaments

02 Jun 2019

Gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Russia’s Raisa Chebanika emerged the most successful player on duty in the women’s events when play concluded on Saturday 1st June at the 2019 Para Polish Open in Wladyslawowo.

After the previous day having secured the class 6 title; she added to her collection by joining forces with Romania’s Gabriela Constantin to claim the top prize in same team category.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The win was as expected, the duo commenced play as the top seeds, finishing ahead of the combination formed by Great Britain’s Fliss Pickard and Norway’s Merethe Tveiten.

“I’m very pleased to come away with another silver medal; this tournament has shown me that when my mind-set is right I can be one of the best players in the world. Now I have some time to go away, work hard and come back stronger but the key is to focus on myself and control what I do.” Fliss Pickard

Likewise in group administered events, Croatia’s Andela Muzinic and Helena Dretar justified their top seeded status to emerge the class 2-3 winners, as did Serbia’s Borislava Peric-Rankovic and Nada Matic in class 4-5. It was the same outcome in class 11 for Poland’s Krystyna Lysiak and Dorota Nowacka, they started proceedings as the favourites; they concluded matters as predicted in the role of champions.

Medallists in women’s team class 2-3 (Photo: Bogdan Pasek)

 

However, there were surprises; in class 7-8, the German combination of Stephanie Grebe and Juliane Wolf had to settle for runners up spot behind the partnership formed by the combination of Russia’s Elena Litvinenko and Japan’s Yuri Tomono. In the vital contest when the teams met to determine first place, Elena Litvinenko and Japan’s Yuri Tomono recorded a hard earned 2-1 win.

Similarly, in class 10, the top seeds had to settle for silver. The host nation’s Karolina Pek, Malgorzata Jankowska and Katarzyna Marszal experienced a 2-0 defeat when facing the champions elect, the international combination of Turkey’s Merve Demir, Romania’s Ioana-Monica Tepelea and Nozomi Takeuchi.

The medal winners in women’s team class 4-5 (Photo: Bogdan Pasek)

 

Play concluded in Wladyslawowo, attention now turns to a very different part of the world; the destination is Mexico, the resort of Cancun, the Para Copa Cristina Hoffmann 2019 tournament commences on Wednesday 5th June and concludes on Friday 7th June.

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