Two gold medals for Larisa ANDREEVA in New Zealand
At the STAG 2014 World Veteran Championships in the New Zealand city of Auckland it is evident that China and Japan are dominating both double and single events. Nevertheless, countries such as Germany, Austria and Sweden have shown their table tennis exp
At the STAG 2014 World Veteran Championships in the New Zealand city of Auckland it is evident that China and Japan are dominating both double and single events. Nevertheless, countries such as Germany, Austria and Sweden have shown their table tennis expertise with representatives in both the semi and final matches from all age and gender groups.
Monica KNEIP, the defending champion in the over 60’s arena, battled against Larisa ANDREEVA of Russia, who won the doubles with her partner earlier today. Larisa came out with the win, taking the gold medal with a result of 3:0. Needless to say her victory wasn’t taken with ease, as Monica put up a good fight in all three games.
Japan’s Toshiko KATAOKA and Keiko TAKAKIWA in the 50-59 division played each other in the finals. Both players performed with an attacking mind set, TAKAKIWA with a definitive back hand and KATAOKA showcasing her strong forehand. By keeping the play nice and short it was a quick game to watch. Toshiko KATAOKA ended up winning the match 3:2.
ZHENG Li (CHN), who previously played Peter KARLSSON in the semis, went up against BING Tang, who is also from China (MD40-49). Shot of the day goes to BING Tang for a great set of lobs that landed perfectly on the table, with the final shot landing on the side of the table. Taking it nice and casually Tang claimed gold for the over 40’s division 3:0.
Јean Michael CARQUIN of France played against China’s MIN Huang (MD50-59). MIN Huang claimed victory in another very competitive game. The final result for this game was 3:2.
In Doubles Event in court five Germany’s Monica KNEIP and her partner Gerda KUX-SIEBERATH go up against Teresa DEVENEY (IRL) and Larisa ANDREEVA (RUS). DEVANEY and ANDREEVA played a fantastic game winning 3:0.
Sarah SANDLEY’S premonition of Japan’s doubles team, including Aki KUBO and Sahara YUMI (WD40-49), taking out the finals came true, with a 3:1 victory.
A very good game was had by Andrzey TRUSZCZYNSKI (GER) and Krzysztof PIOTROWSKI (POL) versus ZHENG Li and BING Tang of China (MD40-49). This game was very tight with a 1:1 tie turning into a 2:2 tie and finally China winning the last game 11-6. Harry DYE and Geoffrey NESBITT came second overall in the over 80’s division. They went up against Geofrey BAX (ENG) and Gunter KRAUSS (GER) who both played a very strategic attacking game.