Brazilian Open: Romanian wins Men's Singles
Sweden’s Pär GERELL and Jens LUNDQVIST win doubles
Sunday, June 26, 2005
ITTF Press Release
Romania’s Adrian CRISAN clinched the Men’s Singles title at the Liebherr Brazilian Open on Sunday 26th June 2005 and in so doing won his first ever title on the ITTF Pro Tour.
He beat Germany’s Peter FRANZ 11-8, 11-3, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5.
“We lost in the semi-finals of the German Bundesliga Play Off matches so I’ve had more time to train in the past few weeks and make sure that I was physically in good shape”, said CRISAN. “I’m sure that’s a major reason why I played so well here in Brazil.”
The twenty-six year old Romanian was in form throughout the Liebherr Brazilian Open and was never extended to a sixth game, let alone a seventh but he accepted that it had been a tough road to the title and perhaps his victories were closer than the scores suggest. “I think the hardest match was against Jens LUNDQVIST in the semis but it was also tough against Patrick CHILA in the quarters and against Peter FRANZ in the final”, explained CRISAN. “I knew that I had to be totally focused; I couldn’t let my concentration lapse for a slit second; against Peter FRANZ I lost the fourth game when he started to take some risks so in the fifth it was imperative I concentrated fully.”
Certainly, he remained focused throughout and the man who is known for how hard he trains was the champion. “My forehand was good today” he explained. “I played well against some very experienced players, I’m delighted, I cannot describe in words how I feel.”
Nevertheless FRANZ had for the first time in his career reached the final of a Men’s Singles event on the ITTF Pro Tour. “I’m very satisfied with my performance; especially against ROSSKOPF whom I’ve lost to many times in Germany but did beat at the Croatian Open two years ago”, he added. “My backhand has improved and that’s helped me, I don’t have to run so much to try to play my forehand and that’s important because I’m old now.” He’s thirty-four years old, is that old?
It was a fine performance by CRISAN, one that was thoroughly merited and the man who plays for the club that is sponsored by Liebherr had won the tournament that carried their name; Adrian CRISAN was the 2005 Liebherr Brazilian Open Men’s Singles champion; a proud moment in his career.
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