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Paul DRINKHALL wins the title in Almeria


Paul DRINKHALL of England, 24, from Loftus in the north east of England, the no. 22 seed beat the Japan’s Masataka MORIZONO to secure the title at the Men’s Singles event at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Spanish Open in Almeria. So far DRINKHALL neve

Paul DRINKHALL of England, 24, from Loftus in the north east of England, the no. 22 seed beat the Japan’s Masataka MORIZONO to secure the title at the Men’s Singles event at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Spanish Open in Almeria. So far DRINKHALL never has progressed beyond the second round of a Men’s Singles event on the ITTF World Tour.

One round earlier Masataka MORIZONO overcame WING Chung Ting of Hong Kong in six games. Paul DRINKHALL needed one less to beat Yuto MURAMATSU of Japan.
It is the first time that LI Fen has reached a Women’s Singles final on the ITTF World Tour and latter today she moved step further; she won her first title in singles. European champion overcame Miu HIRANO of Japan in five games

In penultimate stage Miu HIRANO overcame Germany’s Sabine WINTER in seven games encounter, whilst LI Fen accounted for YU Fu of Portugal in straight games.

Frenchman Romain LORENTZ and Austria’s Sofia POLCANOVA won the respective Under 21 Men’s Singles and Under 21 Women’s Singles titles. The no.3 seed, LORENTZ overcame Germany’s Benedikt DUDA, the no.9 seed in the final; whilst Sofia POLCANOVA, the no.5 seed accounted for Britt EERLAND of the Netherlands, the no.7 seed

At the semi-final stage, LORENTZ had beaten Hong Kong’s LAM Siu Hang who had been required to compete in the qualification group stage of affairs. At the same hurdle POLCANOVA had ended the hopes of Hungary’s Dora MADARASZ, the no.9.

WONG Chun Ting and TANG Peng of Hong Kong beat the top seeds, Chinese Taipei’s CHUANG Chih-Yuan and HUANG Sheng-Sheng in the final to claim their first such title as a partnership.
Miu HIRANO and Mima ITO of Japan beat the partnership of Austria’s LIU Jia and the Czech Republic’s Iveta VACENOVSKA by the very narrowest of margins in the final of the Women’s Doubles Event.

Milica NIKOLIC, EWT

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