Samsonov in Great Shape
Samsonov wins Russian Open
Vladimr SAMSONOV won the Men’s Singles title at the Eurosib Russian Open in St Petersburg on Sunday 6th November 2005; he beat Kalinikos KREANGA of Greece in the final 11-5, 12-10, 11-9, 11-6.
It was the fourteenth time that the two had met in World Ranking events and it was the tenth time that SAMSONOV had won; furthermore, it was his second ITTF Pro Tour Men’s Singles title of the year, in January he had emerged the victor at the Liebherr Croatian Open where he had beaten Werner SCHLAGER in the final.
Against SAMSONOV, Kalinikos KREANGA was not given the opportunity to win a sequence of points and the man from Belarus increasingly exerted his stranglehold on proceedings. “I’m very pleased with how I played, from the very first match in the tournament I’ve been very satisfied with my play”, added SAMSONOV. “I tried to attack as much as possible and to be aggressive.”
It appeared that the Chinese had done their homework and that against their leading problems SAMSONOV had problems; however perhaps I’m being a little unkind to him and there were very valid reasons why his performance on the final day did not appear to be at the level of the previous days.
Undoubtedly, the injury had hampered SAMSONOV who is not a player to look for excuses. However, in St Petersburg he was in top form and had he been fit enough to reproduce that form on the final day in Liège, would the results against WANG Hao and MA Lin have been different?
Most definitely he was in blistering form and was never in any serious danger of defeat from the very start of the tournament to finish; Kalinikos KREANGA, the champion in 2004 had to settle for runners up spot; he was beaten by a player who always seems to have that split second extra to play and who in St Petersburg underlined the fact that he is one of the world’s very best table tennis players.
Vladimir SAMSONOV was the champion, winner of the Men’s Singles title, Eurosib Russian Open 2005.
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