09 Sep 2019

The full gambit forming the itinerary in the men’s singles events at the 2019 Czech Para Open in Ostrava; on Saturday 7th September, the unexpected exceeded the expected.

It was day of upsets as Slovakia’s Martin Ludrovsky, Thailand’s Anurak Laowong and Charlermpong Punpoo, alongside Denmark’s Peter Rosenmeier, Great Britain’s Billy Shilton and Indonesia’s David Jacobs upset the order of merit.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Martin Ludrovsky emerged successful in class 2, accounting for Spain’s Iker Sastre in the final (7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 12-10); Jan Riapos, the top seed and like Martin Ludrovsky from Slovakia, suffered a quarter-final defeat at the hands of the host nation’s Jiri Suchanek (11-6, 11-6, 12-10). Alas for Jiri Suchanek the euphoria was short lived; in the next round Martin Ludrovsky ended adventures (11-5, 5-11, 14-12, 11-8).

Good form from Martin Ludrovsky, it was the same in class 3 from Anurak Laowong; he accounted for Serbia’s Mladen Gric (11-5, 11-5, 12-10), the quarter-final winner in opposition to Poland’s Maciej Napelka, the top seed (12-10, 11-9, 12-10). Similarly in class 6 Peter Rosemeier overcame his arch rival, Spain’s Alvaro Valera, the leading name, to claim class 6 gold.

Noteworthy performances

Imposing it was the same from Charlermpong Punpoo who secured the class 7 title at the expense of the host nation’s Daniel Horhut (11-8, 11-7, 11-8), the semi-final winner in opposition to Spain’s Jordi Morales, the top seed (13-11, 11-5, 11-9). Likewise, in class 8 Billy Shilton excelled, at the final hurdle he accounted for Frenchman Claude Berthier (11-5, 11-7, 11-6), the penultimate round winner when facing Belgium’s Mark Ledoux, the top seed (13-11, 11-9, 11-8).

“I’m really pleased to have won the gold; especially with Tokyo just around the corner; every match and every win means a lot for qualification. I was satisfied with my level; in the last couple of weeks in training I’ve made a few small adjustments to help me and I feel that it has really paid off.” Billy Shilton

Outstanding performances, it was no different from David Jacobs; he secured the class 10 title at the expense of Poland’s Igor Misztal (13-11, 11-5, 9-11, 7-11, 11-8), the semi-final winner in opposition to the latter’s colleague, Patryk Chojnowski (12-10, 13-11, 12-10).

Status prevails

A total of six upsets, in the remaining five men’s singles events, the outcome was a status advised. Korea Republic’s Joo Youngdae clinched the class 1 title, Frenchman André Delarque emerged successful in class 4, as did Norway’s Tommy Urhaug in class 5. Similarly, Spain’s Juan Perez secured class 9 gold; Hungary’s Peter Palos prevailed in class 11.

According to status; in the women’s singles events, Italy’s Giadi Rossi claimed the class 1-2 title, as did Korea Republic’s Yoo Jiyu in class 3, colleague Kang Oejeong in class 5 and Serbia’s Borislava Peric-Rankovic in class 4. Likewise, Russia’s Victoriya Safonova won the class 7 event, a feat achieved as predicted in class 8 by Norway’s Aida Dahlen.


However, as with the men, there were upsets. Great Britain’s Felicity Pickard excelled expectations. She secured the class 6 top prize finishing ahead of Russia’s Svetlana Nestrenko; Poland’s Katarzyna Matszal had to settle for fourth place.

“It’s obviously great to win gold. Marszal played really well, so credit to her. My level was fine but I definitely feel that if I can be positive then I can beat anyone in the world. I am excited for the Europeans now.” Felicity Pickard

Undoubtedly, Felicity Pickard raised the eyebrows, as did Hungary’s Alexa Svitacs; she secured the class 9 title accounting for Russia’s Anastasia Keshenevich in the final (11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 13-11). Earlier at the semi-final stage, Anastasia Keshenevich had beaten top seeded colleague, Olga Komleva-Gorshkaleva (7-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4).

Likewise, Chinese Taipei’s Tian Shiau-Wei attracted the attention; she beat top seed, Denmark’s Sophie Walloe (11-4, 11-5, 10-12, 13-11) to emerge the class 10 champion. Meanwhile, in a similar vein Russia’s Anzhelika Kosacheva struck gold in class 11, at the final hurdle she beat Indonesia’s Ana Widyasari (11-8, 11-3, 4-11, 11-5), the penultimate round winner in opposition to Hong Kong’s Ng Mui Wui (7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4) the top seed.

The team events conclude play in Ostrava on Sunday 8th September.

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