Samsonov wins Kuwait Open

Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus, the number five seed, maintained his perfect record on the ITTF Pro Tour in 2008 when he won the Menís Singles title at the Salwa Cup Kuwait Open beating sixth seed, Chinaís Chen Qi in the final.

In January he had won at the Slovenian Open in Gorenje; on Sunday 16th March 2008 in the Qadisya Sports Hall in Kuwait City he emerged successful in the second ITTF Pro Tour tournament of the current year. He beat the defending champion, Chinaís Ma Long at the semi-final stage before ousting Chen Qi in straight games to secure the top prize.

Defeat for China in the Menís Singles final but not in the remaining three events contested on Sunday 16th March 2008.

Top seed, Zhang Yining clinched the Womenís Singles crown overcoming colleagues Wang Nan and Li Xiaoxia at the respective semi-final and final stages.

The reigning Olympic Womenís Singles champion, Zhang Yining emerged as the most successful player in the tournament; in the first final of the afternoon she partnered Wang Nan to Womenís Doubles gold. The pair defeated Singaporeís Li Jia Wei and Sun Bei Bei to secure the prestigious crown.

Silver for Chen Qi in the Menís Singles event and it was the same scenario in the Menís Doubles competition for the talented Chinese left hander. Partnering Zhang Jike the pair suffered at the hands of top seeds, Ma Lin and Wang Hao.

Menís Singles
SF Vladimir Samsonov (BLR) bt Ma Long (CHN) 7-11, 4-11, 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8
SF Chen Qi (CHN) bt Yoon Jae Young (KOR) 11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-2, 10-12, 15-17, 11-9
F Vladimir Samsonov (BLR) bt Ma Long (CHN) 12-10, 14-12, 11-7, 11-4

Womenís Singles
SF Zhang Yining (CHN) bt Wang Nan (CHN) 11-9, 11-2, 11-6, 11-1
SF Li Xiaoxia (CHN) bt Guo Yue (CHN) 11-6, 7-11, 11-2, 12-10, 11-8
F Zhang Yining (CHN) by Li Xiaoxia (CHN) 16-14, 11-4, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 11-8

Menís Doubles
F Ma Lin/Wang Hao (CHN) bt Chen Qi/Zhang Jike (CHN) 11-6, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7

Womenís Doubles
F Wang Nan/Zhang Yining (CHN) bt Li Jia Wei/Sun Bei Bei (SIN) 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 14-16, 11-4, 11-3

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