Boll wins Swedish Open
The German's second ITTF Pro Tour Menís Singles title of the year
Germanyís Timo BOLL maintained the good form he has displayed in recent months to win the Menís Singles title at the Liebherr Swedish Open in Gothenburg on Sunday 20th November 2005. In the final he beat Belgiumís Jean-Michel SAIVE 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6, 13-11 to win his second ITTF Pro Tour Menís Singles title of the year.
Not only was his form good but the contest against Jean-Michel SAIVE went true to form.
The first occasion that Timo BOLL and Jean-Michel SAIVE met in a World Ranking event was in October 1999 in a European League Super Division match when Germany played Belgium; on that occasion the latter won in three games but since that date all eight encounters have gone the way of the German.
In 2004 they had met on three occasions and on each occasion BOLL surrendered only one game in securing victory. In March in the Liebherr World Team Championships in Doha (where matches were best of five games) BOLL had succeeded in four games whilst in the quarter-finals of the Menís Singles event at the Volkswagen Open Germany in 2004 and in the final of the Austrian Open in Wels two weeks later, it had been a five games success for the German.
On two occasion SAIVE had a chance to win the sixth game and take matters to a deciding seventh, he held game point at 10-9, then again at 11-10 but could not convert the advantage, Timo BOLL eventually won 13-11 to take the title, his second on the ITTF Pro Tour in 2005 having won in September in Japan when he beat the Olympic champion, RYU Seung Min in the final.
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The next major international target for both players is the Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals in December; both will be there and both will be looking to go one step better than in the past. The furthest for either player has reached is the semi-finals. BOLL exited at the penultimate stage in 2002 and 2004 whilst SAIVE was a semi-finalist in 1997 and 2001.
Fuzhou in southern China is the venue for the Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals which start on Friday 9th December 2005 and conclude on Sunday 11th December 2005.
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