Timo Boll Adds to Medal Haul at Polish Open

Timo BOLL overcame German national team colleague Bastian STEGER in the final of the Menís Singles event at the Polish Open in Warsaw on Sunday 29th November 2009 to add to his collection of prestigious titles.

It was his 21st appearance in a Menís Singles final at an open international tournament on the ITTF Pro Tour and 17th time that he has emerged as the champion; it is a quite remarkable conversion record.

Furthermore, BOLL, the top seed in Warsaw, can add one further ITTF Pro Tour title to his collection; in December 2005 he won the Menís Singles crown at the Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals in the Chinese city of Fujian.

Meanwhile, for Bastian STEGER, the no.12 seed, there was consolation in defeat; it was his first ever appearance in a Menís Singles final on the ITTF Pro Tour.

At the semi-final stage both BOLL and STEGER had been in fine form, recording straight games wins; BOLL beat compatriot Patrick BAUM, seeded no.6, whilst STEGER ousted Austriaís Robert GARDOS, seeded no.8.

Yet another singles title for Timo BOLL but in the Womenís Singles event it was the opposite end of the scale.

Chinaís FAN Ying, seeded no.9, won her first ever Womenís Singles crown on the ITTF Pro Tour beating Koreaís PARK Mi Young, the no.5 seed, in the final.

Both defenders, both players who rely on the art of backspin, they had excelled at the semi-final stage by ousting the top two seeds. FAN Ying had overcome no.1 seed, compatriot GUO Yan; whilst PARK Mi Young had accounted for second seed, Singaporeís FENG Tianwei.

Gold for FAN Ying in the Womenís Singles event and there was also gold in the Womenís Doubles competition; in harness with WANG Yu and not seeded, the pair overcame compatriots GUO Yan and WANG Xuan, the no.6 seeds in the final.

Defeat for the seeded pair against the non seeded pair but in the Menís Doubles final it was the reverse scenario.

Koreaís KIM Jung Hoon and OH Sang Eun, seeded no.7, beat the French pairing of Christophe LEGOUT and Abdel Kader-Salifou to clinch the top prize.

Menís Singles

Timo BOLL (GER) bt Patrick BAUM (GER) 11-5, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6
Bastian STEGER (GER) bt Robert GARDOS (AUT) 14-12, 11-3, 11-4, 14-12

Timo BOLL (GER) bt Bastian STEGER (GER) 11-9, 12-10, 11-2, 11-7

Womenís Singles

FAN Ying (CHN) bt GUO Yan (CHN) 11-6, 6-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8
PARK Mi Young (KOR) bt FENG Tianwei (SIN) 9-11, 7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7

FAN Ying (CHN) bt PARK Mi Young (KOR) 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9

Menís Doubles

KIM Jung Hoon/OH Sang Eun (KOR) bt Christophe LEGOUT/Abdel-Kader SALIFOU (FRA) 9-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7

Womenís Doubles

FAN Ying/WU Yang (CHN) bt GUO Yan/WANG Xuan (CHN) 8-11, 11-2, 8-11,11-6,11-3, 11-8


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