02 Jul 2021

Winner in Wladyslawowo in February 2020, Luis Bustamente Flores repeated the feat at Czech Para Open 2021 Jiri Danek Memorial in Ostrava on Friday 2nd July.

However, on what was a good day for Chile, it was his colleague, Maximiliano Rodriguez Avila who attracted the headlines.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Competing in men’s singles class 1-2, Luis Bustamente Flores justified his top-seeded position to overcome Spain’s Iker Sastre, the no.3 seed (11-8, 13-11, 11-5), the player who at the semi-final stage had doused the hopes of the host nation by beating Jiri Suchanek, the no.2 seed (8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9).

The situation for Maximiliano Rodriguez Avila was rather different; he was the exception to the rule. Not seeded, the 30-year-old beat the Czech Republic’s Jiri Zak, the no.2 seed (11-8, 15-13, 11-5), to repeat the success of day one when he had accounted for the host nation player in the group stage (11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 12-10).

At the semi-final stage, Jiri Zak had ended the hopes of Cristian Gonzalez Astete (11-9, 5-11, 3-11) the top seed and like Maximiliano Rodriguez Avila from Chile.

Second seeds prevail

A surprise outcome in the men’s events, the Czech Republic’s Petr Svatos, Romania’s Bobi Simion, and Germany’s Björn Schnake all caused minor surprises; all started proceedings as the second seeds.

In a group organised class 3 event, Petr Svatos beat Serbia’s Mladen Ciric, the top seed, in the crucial contest to claim gold (11-8, 6-10, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9). Somewhat similarly, in class 6, at the final hurdle Bobi Simion overcame Spain’s Alvaro Valera, the top seed (9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 14-16, 11-7).

Rather differently, in class 7, Germany’s Björn Schnake turned the tables. In the group stage he lost to Slovakia’s Tomas Valuch (11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9), in the final the defeat was avenged (11-4, 4-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4). Earlier on the second day of action, Björn Schnake had ousted Spain’s Jordi Morales, the top seed (11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-5).

Titles for top seeds

Otherwise, the top seeds prevailed. Hungary’s Andras Csonka secured the class 8 title beating Belgium’s Marc Ledoux, the no.2 seed in the final (10-12, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7).

Defeat for Belgium but in the guise of Laurens Devos, in class 9-10 it was gold. The leading name on duty, on the opening day he beat the Czech Republic’s Tibor Chmela (11-5, 11-7, 11-7, 12-10); one day later, Devos repeated the success in the final, only this time more convincingly, winning in straight games (11-4, 11-4, 11-8). At the semi-final stage, Tibor Chmela had ended the hopes of colleague Ivan Karabec, the top seed (8-11, 13-11, 11-4, 16-14).

Success for Laurens Devos as anticipated; it was the same in class 11 for Hungary’s Peter Palos, who secured the title at the final expense of Spain’s Eduardo Cuesta, the no.2 seed ( 11-5, 10-12, 11-9, 11-5).

Leading women claim gold

Gold secured by leading male players; in the women’s singles, all three titles finished in the hands of the top seeds.

Serbia’s Zorica Popadic beat Chile’s Tamara Leonelli, the no.2 seed (11-6, 11-13, 11-6, 11-6) to win the class 3-5 title; in a likewise vein, Hungary’s Alexa Svitacs overcame Romania’s Ioana-Monica Tepelea (11-6, 11-5, 11-9) to be crowned the class 6-10 champion.

Not to be outdone, Turkey’s Ebru Acer donned the class 11 crown after emerging victorious over colleague Sumeyra Turk (12-10, 11-1, 16-14).

Team events now follow, play concludes on Saturday 3rd July.

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