19 Sep 2021

The host nation’s Kirill Gerassimenko won both the men’s singles and men’s doubles titles at the 2021 ITTF Kazakhstan International Open in Karaganda but when play concluded on Sunday 19th September, the most successful player was Russia’s Valeria Kotcyur.

She completed a clean sweep.

by Ian Marshall

Successful the previous day, partnering colleague Maksim Kaburkin to mixed doubles gold in opposition to Uzbekistan’s Mukhammad Uktambor and Sugdiyona Madalieva (11-2, 11-5, 11-9), on the concluding day of action, Valeria Kotcyur added the women’s doubles title in harness with Valeria Shcherbatykh, prior to reserving the top step of the women’s singles podium.

After accounting Kazakhstan’s Aiya Alimbayeva (8-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8), Valeria Kotcyur secured the women’s singles title at the final expense of compatriot Ekaterina Okhotnikova (11-7, 12-14, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6).

In the adjacent semi-final, Ekaterina Okhotnikova had beaten Valeria Shcherbatykh (11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9).

Success against a colleague, in the women’s doubles, it was success in opposition to Indian adversaries; in the final Valeria Kotcyur and Valeria Shcherbatykh overcame Kaushani Nath and Prapti Sen (10-12, 11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6).

Two titles

Three titles for Valeria Kotcyur, for Kirill Gerassimenko it was two in number.

He partnered Alan Kurmangaliyev to success against Saudi Arabia’s Ali Alkhadrawi and Abdulaziz Bu Shulaybi (11-6, 11-8, 11-4), prior to securing men’s singles gold at the expense of India’s Snehit Suravajjula (11-8, 11-9, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6).

Earlier Kirill Gerassimenko had beaten Saudi Arabia’s Naif Al-Jadi (11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6), Snehit Suravajjula, who had been required to compete in the qualification stage, had ousted Pavel Platonov of Belarus (11-5, 11-3, 11-5, 6-11, 11-8).

Overall, a total of 44 men and 31 women competed in Karaganda.

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