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SEAMASTER 2017 ITTF WORLD TOUR INDIA OPEN

Sunday 19th February

Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima add to collection

Japan’s Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima proved to be in harmony on the evening of Sunday 19th February at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour India Open in New Delhi.

The top seeds, they accounted for the German combination formed by Ruwen Filus and Ricardo Walther, the second seeds, at the final hurdle (9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 ).

Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima, both very much forehand orientated players, the former a left hander, the latter a right hander, complement each to a great extent with their similar styles of play.

Conversely for Ruwen Filus being a defender and Ricardo Walther a top spin player, the two techniques are very different; however, in New Delhi, it has proved a winning method. The formula worked well for many years for Austria’s Robert Gardos, the attacker and Chen Weixing, the defender; it is now proving successful for the German duo.

Undoubtedly, Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima started proceedings as the clear favourites for the title; prior to the meeting in the Indian capital city, they had appeared in four ITTF World Tour Men’s Doubles finals and they had won all four!

In 2014 they had won in the Czech Republic, in 2015 in Croatia whilst last year they had emerged successful in both Poland and Germany. Also, they emerged successful at the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Lisbon when in the title deciding match they broke the hearts of the host nation by overcoming Tiago Apolonia and João Monteiro.

Overall for Masataka Morizono, in New Delhi it was his fifth ITTF World Tour Men’s Doubles excursion. In 2013 in the Polish capital city when partnering colleague, Kohei Sambe, runners up spot had been his lot; the duo had experienced defeat at the hands of Korea’s Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu.

Conversely for Ruwen Filus and Ricardo Walther, in New Delhi it was only their second ITTF World Tour Men’s Doubles final; in 2015 in Belarus they had been beaten in the final by Denmark’s Jonathan Groth and Kasper Sternberg.

 

SEAMASTER 2017 ITTF WORLD TOUR INDIA OPEN

Sunday 19th February

Matilda Ekholm and Georgina Pota strike gold

The combination formed by Sweden’s Matilda Ekholm and Hungary’s Georgina Pota, the no.2 seeds emerged successful, as the first titles were decided on the concluding day of play, Sunday 19th February, at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour India Open in New Delhi.

The second seeds, at the final hurdle they accounted for Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching, the top seeds (9-11, 11-3, 5-11, 14-12, 11-8).

Success in what was their second such final of the year. In late January at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open in Budapest, they had been beaten in the gold medal contest by China’s Chen Xingtong and Li Jiayi

Success meant the duo collected their second career ITTF World Tour Women’s Doubles title in what was their third such final; just over five months ago in early September they advanced to the title deciding match in the Czech Republic city of Olomouc.

On that occasion at the final hurdle they overcame the Russian defensive pairing of Maria Dolgikh and Polina Mikhailova.

A third appearance in an ITTF World Tour Women’s Doubles final for Matilda Ekholm and Georgina Pota; it was the very same for Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching.

In Bremen at the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour German Open, they had been beaten in the final by the host nation combination formed by Shan Xiaona and Petrissa Solja; however, just over eight months ago they succeeded in Zagreb, Croatia.

On that occasion they accounted for the Korean combination of Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun at the final hurdle; an unexpected result and one that underlined a successful partnership had been formed. Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching had been required to compete in the preliminary rounds, Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun occupied the top seeded position.