by Ian Marshall, Editor
Naoka Kawakami and Seiya Numamura emerged the men’s team champions, the counterpart women’s event was won by Yuki Sanjo and Shoko Yamamoto.
A 2-0 semi-final win was the outcome against Finland’s Benedek Olah and Miikka O’Connor. Disappointment for the host nation, Naoya Kawakami gave his team the perfect start by beating Benedek Olah (11-7, 11-7, 11-8), before Seiya Numamura overcame Miikka O’Conner (14-12, 11-1, 12-14, 11-1) to seal the victory.
Progress to the final in style, in the title decider, a full distance three match contest was the order of the day against colleagues Koyo Kanamitsu and Kaito Yoshida.
ITTF World Junior Circuit success
Koyo Kanamitsu, a player who enjoyed notable success on the ITTF World Junior Circuit winning in 2016 in both Spain and Hungary, gave his team the ideal start. He beat Seiya Numamura (11-5, 11-7, 11-7).
However that was to be the sum total of his outfit’s success, Naoya Kawakami beat Kaito Yoshida (6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 12-10), before a five games doubles success sealed the verdict (11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-4).
In the counterpart semi-final, Koyo Kanamitsu and Kaito Yoshida had recorded a 2-0 win in opposition to the Belarus combination formed by Uladzislau Rukliatsou and Mikhail Tsyhanouski.
Hard earned success for Naoka Kawakami and Seiya Numamura; in the women’s team event, victory was somewhat more comprehensive from Yuki Sanjo and Shoko Yamamoto.
A 2-0 margin of victory was the outcome in the final against colleagues Yuki Sanjo and Hiyori Okazaki; Shoko Yamamoto beat Yuli Sanjo in the opening contest (8-11, 11-2, 13-11, 11-9), she was followed by Yuka Matsuoka who accounted for Hiyori Okazaki in a similar manner (6-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6).
Earlier at the semi-final stage Yuki Sanjo and Shoko Yamamoto had recorded a 2-0 win against Ukraine’s Alina Vydruchenko and Veronika Hud; by the same margin, Yuki Sanjo and Hiyori Okazaki had overcome the Belarus combination of Darya Kisel and Ulyana Alkhoskaya.
Attention now turns to the men’s singles and women’s singles; both events being played on the progressive knock-out formula. Play concludes in Lohja on Sunday 8th December.
2019 Finlandia Open: Results – Men’s Team (Friday 6th December)
2019 Finlandia Open: Results – Women’s Team (Friday 6th December)
2019 Finlandia Open: Entries & seeding
2019 Finlandia Open: Team Event Draw
2019 Finlandia Open: Local Website
2019 Finlandia Open: Roll of Honour