Timo Bolls wins Austrian Open
Germanyís Timo Boll and Polandís Li Qian won the Menís and Womenís Singles titles respectively at the Erke Austrian Open in Salzburg on Sunday 2nd November 2008, recording comprehensive victories at both the semi-final and final stages.
In the penultimate round Timo Boll beat compatriot Patrick Baum before overcoming second seed Chinese Taipeiís Chuan Chih-Yuan, whilst at the same stages Li Qian overcame Li Jie of the Netherlands and Hungaryís Krisztina Toth.
It was for top seed Timo Boll his twelfth Menís Singles title at an open international tournament on the ITTF Pro Tour and ended a drought of two years without success; the previous victory being in Poland in 2006.
Success for Timo Boll and Li Qian, whilst for those who suffered in the semi-finals there was a degree of consolation.
It was for Japanís Reiko Hiura who suffered a penultimate round defeat at the hands Krisztina Toth, her best performance of the year; whilst for Li Jie, Patrick Baum and Polandís Wang Zeng Yi, who lost to Chuan Chih-Yuan, it was their first semi-final appearance in a singles event on the ITTF Pro.
F Timo Boll (GER) bt Chuan Chih-Yuan (TPE) 11-7, 11-4, 11-8, 11-8
F Li Qian (POL) bt Krisztina Toth (HUN) 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5
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