Morocco Open: Top Seeds Secure Singles Crowns

ITTF Press Release - Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus and Japanís Ai Fukuhara, the top seeds, won the respective Menís and Womenís Singles titles at the Morocco Open Hassan II in Rabat on Friday 10th July 2009 recording respective final wins over Spainís Carlos Machado and Koreaís Seok Ha Jung.

Both enjoyed the privilege of being the top seeds but in terms of career history they are poles apart. The victory in Rabat was the 20th Menís Singles title won by Vladimir Samsonov on the ITTF Pro Tour, for Ai Fukuhara it was her first ever Womenís Singles crown and it brought to an end a dismal run of performances in 2009.

It was for Carlos Machado and Seok Ha Jung totally new heights in their careers; the previous best for Machado was a third round exit in Korea and Brazil in 2006 whilst for Seok Ha Jung it was a quarter-final farewell in Qatar in 2008.

Success for Ai Fukuhara over Seok Ha Jung in the Womenís Singles final and it was the same in the Womenís Doubles gold medal duel where with 16 year old Kasumi Ishikawa the duo overcame Kim Jung Hyun and Seok Ha Jung.

Meanwhile, in the Menís Doubles final it was gold for France; Loic Bobiller joined forces with French colleague, Armand Phung to beat the combination of Bulgariaís Stanislav Golovanov and Russiaís Maxim Shmyryev.

Menís Singles

Vladimir Samsonov (BLR) bt Maxim Shmyryev (RUS) 11-9, 12-10, 11-4, 11-7
Carlos Machado (ESP) bt El-Sayed Lashin (EGY) 11-3, 4-11, 14-12, 11-9, 11-8
Vladimir Samsonov (BLR) bt Carlos Machado (ESP) 15-13, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9, 11-6

Womenís Singles

Ai Fukuhara (JPN) bt Park Seong Hye (KOR) 7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-3, 11-5
Seok Ha Jung (KOR) bt Shim Se Rom (KOR) 12-10, 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6
Ai Fukuhara (JPN) bt Seok Ha Jung (KOR) 11-4, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 13-11

Menís Doubles

Loic Bobillier/Armand Phung (FRA) bt Stanislav Golovanov/Maxim Shmyryev (BUL/RUS)

Womenís Doubles

Ai Fukuhara/Kasumi Ishikawa (JPN) bt Kim Jung Hyun/Seok Ha Jung (KOR) 3-11, 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7

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