05 Dec 2021

Staged in Lohja from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December, Frenchman Enzo Angles and the Netherlands’ Men Shuohan, won the respective men’s singles and women’s singles events at the 2021 Finnish Open.

Straightforward facts but they do not relate the drama which unfolded as proceedings came to a conclusion.

by Ian Marshall

At the semi-final stage Enzo Angles staved off a spirited recovery by the host nation’s Benedek Olah to emerge successful by the very narrowest of margins (11-4, 11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 7-11, 9-11, 12-10).

Dramatic but not when compared with the final.

Facing Portugal’s João Geraldo, Enzo Angles lost the first three games, before winning the next three each by the minimal two point margin.

A deciding seventh game needed, it appeared the recovery was in vain; he trailed 3-10, saved nine match points before at the first attempt securing victory (11-4, 11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 7-11, 9-11, 12-10).

The men’s singles podium João Geraldo, Enzo Angles, Benedek Olah (Photo: Heikki Kiiskinen)


Bronze for Benedek Olah

Gold for Enzo Angles, silver for João Geraldo, it was bronze for Benedek Olah.

In the third place contest he accounted for promising young colleague, Alex Naumi (11-2, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2), the player João Geraldo had beaten to reserve his place in the final (11-13, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9).

Lesser extent

Stressful moments, to a lesser extent there were tense times in the women’s singles event.

After accounting for Ukraine’s Solomiya Brateyko (11-8, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9), Men Shuohan secured the title at the expense of Russia’s Valeria Kotcyur (11-5, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7), the semi-final winner in opposition to colleague Yana Noskova (11-5, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7).

Solomiya Brateyko accounted for Yana Noskova (9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8) to secure third place.

The women’s singles podium: Valeria Kotcyur, Men Shuohan and Solomiya Brateyko (Photo: Heikki Kiiskinen)



Ever popular, organised on the progressive knock-out basis, 153 players from 29 countries participated, the Kisakallio Sports Institute providing excellent facilities.

In the under 21 age group, Iran’s Amin Ahmadian and Leili Mostafavi of France emerged the respective men’s and women’s singles winners.

The splendid venue in Lohja (Photo: Heikki Kiiskinen)


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