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  • 30May

    Austria’s Mathias Habesohn was the player in form on the third day
    of action, Friday 29th May 2009, at the Belarus Open in Minsk;
    furthermore, he caused the biggest shock of the tournament to date.

    In
    the opening round of the Men’s Singles event he won a titanic struggle
    against Germany’s Zoltan Fejer-Konnerth, the no.2 seed; it was not only
    the biggest surprise of the day, it was arguably the best match seen in
    the first three days.

    Mathias Habesohn won a classic contest 14-12, 8-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 16-14.

    Problems in Qualification Stage
    It
    was a tremendous performance by a player who had experienced defeat in
    the qualification stage of proceedings and had progressed to the main
    draw by virtue of the fact that he had finished in second place in his
    group.

    In the group stage he was beaten in seven games by
    Alachoslav Krivosheev of Russia but overcame the Belarus duo of
    Aliaksandr Labanouski and Andrei Fiodarau to finish the group in
    runners up spot.

    First Meeting
    A place in the main draw secured, he made the most of the opportunity.

    "It
    was the first time we’ve met in a singles match", said Mathias
    Habesohn. "I’ve played against him in doubles but lost easily, no
    chance."

    The record in singles is much better and Habesohn was well aware of the pedigree of his adversary.

    Respect
    "I
    think he is a great player; since I was a small boy, I have watched him
    on television", continued Habesohn. "It is a delight to watch him play,
    I respect him very much; he is ranked higher than me so winning was a
    surprise."

    Undoubtedly, the fact that Habesohn had already
    competed in three matches in the group stage was of benefit to him; a
    fact he recognised.

    "it was his first match in Minsk", said the
    Austrian. "On the other hand I had played some matches, I was
    accustomed to the hall; that helped me; naturally I’m very happy!"

    Problems for Brother
    Mathias
    Habesohn may be happy but brother, Daniel, certainly was not; seeded
    no.12 he was one of three further seeds in the lower half of the draw
    to experience a first round exit.

    He lost to Poland’s Piotr
    Chmiel, the latter winning in six games (11-5, 12-10, 10-12, 8-11,
    11-5, 11-8); similarly for Russia’s Mikhail Paykov, seeded no.28 and
    Franc’e Loic Bobillier, there was defeat.
    Dane in Form
    Paykov was beaten by the in form Dane Morten Hyrup Rasmussen, whilst Bobillier suffered at hands of Russia’s Alexander Shibaev.

    Rasmussen won 10-12, 11-3, 11-7, 11-1, 6-11, 11-5 whilst Shibaev succeeded 11-9, 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8.

    Repeat Match
    Defeats
    for four seeded players in the lower half of the Men’s Singles draw and
    an exit with playing for Croatia’s Roko Tosic, the no.7 seed; the
    enforced absence of the Croatian paved the way for qualifier Dmitro
    Pysar of Ukraine to book his place in the second round.

    He beat
    Poland’s Boguslaw Koszyk in straight games (11-5, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9);
    thus repeating the result in the qualification stage; the two had met
    in the group stage where Pysar had also won in straight games.

    Seeds Progress
    Problems
    for seeds in the lower half of the draw but no problems for Evgueni
    Chtchetine of Belarus, seeded no.4 and Emmanuel Lebesson of France,
    seeded no.8.

    The former overcame Russia’s Artem Panchenko (11-5,
    11-7, 9-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4) whilst Lebesson defeated the Czech
    Republic’s Tomas Tregler (9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 6-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6).

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 10:02 pm

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