Tournaments

27 Jun 2019

Bronze medallist earlier this year in May at the 16th Thermana Lasko Slovenia Open, Turkey’s Nergiz Altintas was the most notable name to experience problems on the opening day of play, Wednesday 26th June, at the 2019 Para Egypt Open in Alexandria.

However, at the end of the day, a medal equal to than gained in Slovenia was assured.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Competing in women’s singles class 1-3, the no.2 seed, she opened her account in the group stage by beating the host nation’s Nahed Abdel Latif (11-1, 11-2, 11-5), before experiencing defeat at the hands of Emmanuelle Ferrier of France (11-9, 12-10, 10-12, 8-11, 11-5).

Emmanuelle Ferrier duly overcame Nahed Abdel Latif (11-7, 11-2, 11-0) to secure first place and a direct entry to the semi-finals; for Nergiz Altintas it was runners up spot and a quarter-final encounter against India’s Sonalben Manubhai Patel. She duly prevailed (11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 11-3) and now meets Sweden’s Anna-Carin Ahlquist in the penultimate round; Anna-Carin Ahlquist duly secured first position in her group. In the opposite half of the draw Emmanuelle Ferrier faces, Hatice Dulman, the no.3 seed and like Nergiz Altintas from Turkey.

One surprise and in the women’s singles event there was one more, in a group organized class 11 event, Indonesia’s Ana Widyasari, the top seed, experienced defeat at the hands of colleague Lola Amalia (12-14, 11-6, 11-9, 11-2); impressively, Lola Amalia remained the one unbeaten member of the group.

Otherwise, as with Anna-Carin Ahlquist, the top seeds all ended the day without defeat; in the women’s singles event, gold medal hopes remain very much alive for Korea Republic’s Jung Younga (class 4-5), Kelly van Zon of the Netherlands (class 7) and Thu Kamkadomphu of France (class 8) as they do for Turkey’s Neslihan Kavas (class 10).

Similarly, in the men’s singles competitions, the most prominent names in action all enjoyed success. In the wheelchair categories Egypt’s Ahmed El-Mashy (class 1-2), Germany’s Thomas Schmidberger (class 3), Turkey’s Nesim Turan (class 4) and colleague Ali Ozturk (class 5) all enjoyed a trouble free day.

Meanwhile, in the men’s singles standing competitions it was no different. Thailand’s Rungroj Thainiyom (class 6) and compatriot Phist Wangphonphathanasini (class 8) remained unbeaten as did Jean-Paul Montanus of the Netherlands (class 7), Belgium’s Laurens Devos (class 9) and Indonesia’s David Jacobs (class 10). Similarly, in men’s singles class 11 for players with a learning disability, Korea Republic’s Kim Changgi ended the day the only unbeaten player in a group organized event.

The individual competitions conclude on Thursday 27th June.

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