The second tournament in Russia in the space of weeks seen several European stars attempting to play their way into form ahead of next months World Championships, only for almost all of them to come unstuck before the final.
South East Asian Battle In Final
Two seeds did make in through to the men’s singles final, with 4th seeded Hsu Jen Hao taking on Singapore’s Derek Wong Zi Liang, seeded 6th this week. Hsu defeated the top seeded Pole Przemyslaw Wacha in the semi final in two games and has failed to drop a set on route to the final whilst his opponent dropped two games earlier in the week, one against the 10th seeded Raul Must but has been flawless since his quarter final match. This will be their first match against one another, as the world #41 takes on the world #42.
Double Delight For Indonesia
The Indonesian’s have claimed at least two titles, in two all-Indonesian clashes in the women’s singles and men’s doubles. Maria Kristian Yulianti defeated the 8th seeded Ingolfdottir and top seeded Konon to reach the final against the 4th seeded Ratnasari, who has failed to drop a game in and has taken out two seeds in the 6th seeded Ludikova and 2nd seeded Egelstaff on route to the final.
The men’s doubles seeds the 5th seeded Kurniawan and Windarto take on the 7th seeded Sukmawan and Wijaya, with the loss of just one game between the two pairings. The 5th seeded Kurniawan and Windarto have spent just 89 minutes on court in reaching the final whilst their opponents in the final have taken 117 minutes.
Local Delight In Women’s Doubles
Russia will claim at least one title, as the 3rd seeded Bibik and Golovanova take on the unseeded Hlebko and Russkikh in the final. Bibik is known more for her singles play whilst the choice not to seed doubles specialist Russkikh has not stopped her reaching the final, defeating the top seeded Ukrainian pair in their opening round. Bibik suffered an early exit from the singles, which has allowed her to focus on the doubles, defeating the 2nd seeded pair of Prus and Kobceva of Ukraine in the semi finals.
France also have a chance at an unlikely title in the pairing of Careme and Fontaine, who defeated the 2nd and 3rd seeds in the quarters and semi to set up a final against the Singapore pairing of Chrisnanta and Neo Yu Yan, who have failed to meet a seed on route to the final, but have dropped just one game on en route.