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  • 24Mar

    The reigning national champion, Japan’s Sayaka Hirano, won the
    Women’s Singles title at the German Open in Bremen on Sunday 22nd March
    2009 beating Viktoria Pavlovich of Belarus in five games at the final
    hurdle.

    Hirano, seeded no.9, overcame the no.11 seed by the margin of 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6.

    It
    was for Sayaka Hirano, the second ITTF Pro Tour Women’s Singles title
    of her career; the one previous success being in Belgrade at the
    Serbian Open in September 2006.

    Leading Lady
    Furthermore,
    the victory recorded by Sayaka Hirano establishes her firmly as her
    country’s leading female player; for several years she has lived in the
    shadow of Ai Fukuhara, a player who has never won the Japanese National
    Women’s Singles crown, but has excelled internationally and is a
    celebrity in her own country.

    At the moment, Fukuhara is not
    enjoying the best of fortunes whilst Hirano goes from strength to
    strength; a fact that is illustrated in her past performances in world
    ranking events against Viktoria Pavlovich.

    Three Defeats
    On the first three occasions that she confronted Viktoria Pavlovich, she suffered defeat.

    In
    June 2004, Pavlovich won in Brazil in six games; whilst the following
    year, she succeeded at the Volkswagen 48th World Championships in
    Zagreb in May and at the Chile Open in Santiago in July. Both meetings
    in 2005 were decided in seven games.

    Different Story
    However,
    when the two met in January 2007 it was a different story, in the
    second round of proceedings Sayaka Hirano won in six games and clearly
    was becoming more adept at confronting backspin orientated players.

    Japanese National Championships
    The
    latter fact was endorsed at the 2008 Japanese National Championships;
    in the final Hirano beat O Ki, the name may not at first sight be that
    familiar but she is a player of note.

    O Ki is Wang Hui, a former
    member of the Chinese national team and winner of the Women’s Singles
    title at the Swedish Open in Kalmar in 1997; furthermore, she is
    defensive player of high class, as her efforts a decade ago proved.

    Confident
    Undoubtedly,
    the victory over a very high class defensive player in the final of the
    Japanese National Championships gave Sayaka Hirano a major confidence
    boost for her duel with Viktoria Pavlovich.

    The self-belief was
    evident, the concentration was total, the technique flawless and the
    top prize duly secured, duly secured by Sayaka Hirano, the 2009 German
    Open Women’s Singles champion.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 8:56 am

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