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  • 24Mar

    Winner of the Men’s Singles title earlier in the afternoon of Sunday
    22nd March 2009, Timo Boll concluded a most successful day in Bremen’s
    AWD Dome by partnering national team colleague Christian Süss to
    victory in the Men’s Doubles competition.

    Thus the pair brought the host country’s gold medal hall at the German Open to three in total.

    On the penultimate day of action, Ruwen Filus had won the Under 21 Men’s Singles crown to start the run of German success.
    Boll and Süss completed the hat-trick with a final victory over Japan’s Seiya Kishiukawa and Jun Mizutani. The German duo won 11-3, 11-6, 12-10, 7-11, 9-11, 13-11.

    Fifth Title
    Including
    Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals, it was the German pairings fifth
    Men’s Doubles title on the ITTF Pro Tour but somewhat surprisingly the
    first time in a world ranking event that they had beaten Kishikawa and
    Mizutani.

    Timo Boll and Christian Süss won their first ITTF Pro
    Tour titles in 2004 succeeding in Germany and Poland; in 2005 they won
    in Japan, whilst in 2005 they succeeded at the Volkswagen Pro Tour
    Grand Finals.

    However, when they confronted Kishikawa and
    Mizutani in the quarter-finals of the Men’s Doubles event at the Polish
    Open in November 2006 it was defeat. The Japanese pair won in six games.

    Established Partnership
    They
    are now a tried and trusted pairing with arguably their most memorable
    success being a semi-final victory in 2005 at the Volkswagen 48th World
    Championships, over China’s Chen Qi and Ma Lin, the reigning Olympic
    champions.

    They finished as runners up to the latter’s
    colleagues Kong Linghui and Wang Hao on that occasion but of course
    they have prized international titles to their credit. In both 2007 and
    2008 they won the Men’s Doubles title at the Liebherr European
    Championships.

    Elusive Title
    Meanwhile, for Seiya Kishikawa and Jun Mizutani, a first ITTF Pro Tour Men’s Doubles crown still proves elusive.

    The
    closest they have come is second place, being runners up in Chinese
    Taipei in 2006; whilst in 2006 in Poland, in 2007 in Chinese Taipei and
    in 2008 in Singapore, they reached the semi-final stage.

    Prestigious Crown
    However,
    like Timo Boll and Christian Süss they have one highly prestigious
    title to their credit; in 2004 in Kobe they won the Boys’ Doubles crown
    at the world Junior Championships.

    In Bremen, they could not quite repeat the performance of 2004 but they tested the German duo and surely their time will come.

    Curtain Falls
    However,
    in the splendid surroundings of the AWD Dome it was Timo Boll and
    Christian Süss who prevailed and duly closed the curtain on the 2009
    German Open.

    It was for the home fans a perfect ending to the day.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 8:56 am

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