Silver for Marcos FREITAS in MuscatPhoto: ITTF
Sharath Kamal ACHANTA of India clinched the men’s singles title at the 2020 Oman Open in Muscat, Oman with a 4-2 victory over Portugal’s Marcos FREITAS (6-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9, 3-11, 17-15).
In the semi final Marcos FREITAS needed exactly two seconds less than an hour to secure a 4-3 (5-11, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-5) win over Harmeet DESAI, after the Indian truly showcased some amazing work around the table.
The expedite system has worked a treat for top seed in the Women’s Singles Event, Hitomi SATO, who goes on to win every game after being called! Miyu KATO it would appear began to feel the pressure of the shortened rallies. One hour and 38 minutes was the final run-time for the all Japan’s final match which saw SATO take it 4-2 (14-16, 12-14, 17-15, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9).
Seeded two positions below their Belgian counterparts, Serbia’s Aleksandar KARAKASEVIC and Slovakia’s Lubomir PISTEJ have defied expectations to claim men’s doubles gold. Combination of KARAKASEVIC and PISTEJ proved too good for top seeds Martin ALLEGRO and Florent LAMBIET (11-8, 11-6, 11-6).
Honoka HASHIMOTO and Hitomi SATO have been crowned women’s doubles champions in Muscat following a devastating performance in the final. Starting out of the blocks with blistering pace the Japanese pair refused to slow down throughout the tie, defeating the second seeds from Singapore zeng Jian and Lin Ye in straight games (11-3, 11-9, 11-7).
Tristan FLORE and Laura GASNIER of France beat Spain's Alvaro ROBLES and Maria XIAO (11-7, 11-5, 11-7) to claim mixed doubles gold. India's Jeet CHANDRA and Japan's SHIOMI won the respective under 21 men's and women's singles titles.