Rabat – Morocco, June 26, 2012: Crowned Under 21 Men’s Singles champion one day earlier; on Monday 25th June 2012, Iran’s Noshad ALAMIYAN added a second title to his collection at ITTF Euro-Africa 4th Hasan II Morocco Open in Rabat.
He won the Men’s Singles event to complete the four day competition in the Moroccan capital city unbeaten. Success for Iran in the Men’s Singles event, in the counterpart Women’s Singles competition it was victory to Sweden.
Matilda EKHOLM emerged the successful player to bring Europe more success; the previous day Stphanie LOUEILLETTE of France had donned the Under 21 Women’s Singles crown.
Men’s Single Results
Safely through to the penultimate round, on the concluding day of action, Noshad ALAMIYAN accounted for Belgium’s Yannick VOSTES, the no.5 seed in four straight games (11-5, 13-11, 11-7, 11-2), before clinching the title by recording a nail-biting victory over Kuwait’s Ibrahem AL-HASAN.
He won by the very narrowest of margins in the deciding seventh game (7-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 13-15, 12-10, 12-10).
A well earned victory, Ibrahem AL-HASAN, the no.7 seed, was very much the man in form.
One day earlier he had beaten Belgium’s Jean-Michel SAIVE, the no.1 seed in five games (14-12, 11-8, 13-11, 7-11, 11-9) to book his place in the semi-finals, where he maintained his form to end the brave run of French qualifier, Enzo ANGLES.
Ibrahem Al-Hasan beat the 17 year old Frenchman in five games (9-11, 13-11, 12-10, 12-10, 13-11).
On the concluding day matters went as per status in the Men’s Singles event; it was the same in the counterpart Women’s Singles competition.
Women’s Singles Results
Matilda EKHOLM, no doubt smarting somewhat from the fact that her Olympic aspirations had not been endorsed by the Swedish National Olympic Committee, beat two Olympians to clinch the title, both Spanish.
Seeded no.1, she overcame Galia DVORAK, the no.4 seed, in the semi-finals in six games (11-5, 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 6-11, 11-6), before overcoming Sara RAMIREZ, the no.2 seed, in the final by a very similar margin (14-12, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-9).
At the semi-final stage, Sara RAMIREZ had beaten Russia’s Polina MIKHAILOVA, the no.3 seed (11-4, 11,3, 11-5, 11-7), the leader on the ITTF Euro-Africa Women`s Singles Standings.
Polina MIKHAILOVA has now competed in all four ITTF Euro-Africa Circuit Tournaments; in Rabat it was the first time she has not reached the Women’s Singles final.
She won in Belarus capital city of Minsk, whilst being the runner up in both Zagreb and Helsingborg. —–ITTF Press Release & Photo by Rachid Berrada.