Belarus Open: Serbian Shock Winner in Minsk

ITTF Press Release

Serbiaís 21 year old Zolt Pete was the shock winner of the Menís Singles title at the Stag Belarus Open in Minsk on Sunday 31st May 2009; whilst Koreaís Dang Ye Seo was the most successful player after five days of intense competition.

Currently standing at no.183 on the ITTF Menís World Ranking list and seeded no.21 in Minsk, the talented Serbian left hander beat the Czech Republicís Tomas Konecny, seeded no.16, in the semi-finals, before overcoming Polandís eleventh seeded Bartosz Such in the final, the latter having ousted Belgian teenager Benjamin Rogiers at the penultimate stage.

Furthermore, Pete won the hard way; both semi-final and final encounters went the full seven games distance.

It was Peteís first ever title on the ITTF Pro Tour as it was for Koreaís Dang Ye Seo. She clinched Womenís Singles gold and partnered Park Young Sook, to Womenís Doubles success.

Seeded no.3, the Korean caused a semi-final surprise by beating Austriaís top seeded Liu Jia in the semi-finals before accounting Li Xue of France, seeded no.7, in the final; the latter having defeated Park Young Sook at the penultimate stage.

Defeat for Park Young Sook in the Womenís Singles event but success in the Womenís Doubles with Dang Ye Seo. Seeded no.6, the duo accounted for Linda Creemers and Carla Nouwen of the Netherlands, seeded no.5, at the final hurdle.

Meanwhile, in the Menís Doubles event it was success for Austriaís Mathias Habesohn and Christoph Simoner; seeded no.6, they beat top seeds Tomas Konecny and Dmitrij Prokopcov in the final.

Menís Singles
Bartosz Such (POL) bt Benjamin Rogiers (BEL) 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11, 11-6
Zolt Pete (SRB) bt Tomas Konecny (CZE) 12-10, 9-11, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6

Zolt Pete (SRB) bt Bartosz Such (POL) 7-11, 11-7, 13-11, 6-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7

Womenís Singles
Dang Ye Seo (KOR) bt Liu Jia (AUT) 10-12, 11-5, 9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-6
Li Xue (FRA) bt Park Young Sook (KOR) 12-10, 11-6, 11-5, 11-9

Dang Ye Seo (KOR) bt Li Xue (FRA) 11-5, 11-3, 14-12, 11-8

Menís Doubles
Mathias Habesohn / Christoph Simoner (AUT) bt Tomas Konecny / Dmitrij Prokopcov (CZE) 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 8-11, 12-10

Womenís Doubles
Dang Ye Seo / Park Young Sook (KOR) bt Linda Creemers / Carla Nouwen (NED) 11-9, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4

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