Success for China’s Liu Jing and Gu Xiaodan two days earlier in the individual events at the Para Thermana Lasko Slovenia Open 2019; two days later on Saturday 11th May there was further success.

TABIB Caroline Odaia (ISR) and AHLQUIST Anna-carin (SWE) during Team events at Day 4 of 16th Slovenia Open – Thermana Lasko 2019 Table Tennis for the Disabled, on May 11, 2019, in Dvorana Tri Lilije, Lasko, Slovenia. Photo by Vid Ponikvar / Sportida

Competing in the women’s wheelchair events, Liu Jing partnered Russia’s Nadejda Pushpasheva to team success, a feat also achieved by Gu Xiaodan in partnership with colleague, Zhou Ying.

Gold medallist in Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro, the three most recent Paralympic Games, on the second day of action Liu Jing had won the class 2 title; partnering Nadejda Pushpasheva, on the concluding day of play, the class 1-2 team title was secured.

The top seeds, in a group organised event, they finished ahead of the no.3 seeds, the Brazilian combination formed by Catia da Silva Oliveira and Maia Limp de Azevedo; Florence Gossiaux-Sireau of France in partnership with Argentina’s Maria Garronne ended the day in third position.

Similarly, Gu Xiaodan added to her success in the individual events; competing in the same category and partnering Zhou Ying, the duo secured the class 4 team title. The top seeds, at the final hurdle they recorded a 2-1 win in opposition to the no.2 seeds, the Serbian combination of Borislava Peric-Rankovic and Nada Matic.

Gold for China but it was not the situation in class 3 nor in class 5; events in which they held the top seeded positions. In class 3 the trio comprising Xue Juan, Li Qian and Yang Zhonghui experienced a 2-0 defeat in the final against Korea Republic’s Yoon Jiyu and Lee Migyu.

Meanwhile, in class 5, the outfit formed by Zhang Bian, Zhang Miao and Pan Jiamin had to settle for second place in a group administered event. In the vital concluding match of the itinerary, they suffered 2-1 reverse at the hands of the combination formed by Sweden’s Anna-Carin Ahlqhuist and Israel’s Caroline Tabib.

Matters concluded in Lasko, attention now turns to Wladyslawowo; the three day Para Polish Open 2019 commences on Thursday 30th May.

Thermana Lasko Slovenia Para Open 2019: Latest results and main draws

by Ian Marshall, Editor