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Morocco Hasan II Open: Top Seeds Secure Gold in Morocco

Top seeds in both the Menís and Womenís Singles events at the Morocco Hasan II Open in Rabat, the latest stop on the ITTF Pro Tour, emerged as champions on Monday 26th July 2010.

Defending champion, 34 year old Vladimir SAMSONOV of Belarus, retained his Menís Singles crown beating Adrien MATTENET of France in the semi-finals and Belgiumís Jean-Michel SAIVE in the final; whilst in the Womenís Singles event it was success for a player half his age.

In an all Japanese final, 17 year old Kasumi ISHIKAWA beat compatriot, Reiko HIURA to clinch the top prize. However, she is not the youngest ever ITTF Pro Tour singles winner; that distinction belongs to Chinaís GUO Yue. She won in Japan in 2003, when 15 years old.

It was for Vladimir SAMSONOV the 21st Menís Singles title of his career on the ITTF Pro Tour; for Kasumi ISHIKAWA it was her first.

Success in the Womenís Singles event for Kasumi ISHIKAWA and also in the Womenís Doubles competition, where she partnered her Womenís Singles final victim, Reiko HIURA, to gold.

The pair beat Swedenís Matilda EKHOLM and Spainís Sara RAMIREZ to claim the top step of the medal podium.

Titles for Asia and Europe and also for Africa; in an all Egyptian Menís Doubles final, Omar ASSAR and El-Sayed LASHIN defeated Mohamed EL-BEIALI and Mohamed Tarek EL-SOBKY to clinch gold.

Menís Singles
Semi-Finals

Vladimir SAMSONOV (BLR) bt Adrien MATTENET (FRA) 10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 11-5, 11-13, 11-5
Jean-Michel SAIVE (BEL) bt El-Sayed LASHIN (EGY) 5-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5, 11-2

Final
Vladimir SAMSONOV (BLR) bt Jean-Michel SAIVE (BEL) 13-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6

Womenís Singles
Semi-Finals

Kasumi ISHIKAWA (JPN) bt Matilda EKHOLM (SWE) 11-3, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9
Reiko HIURA (JPN) bt Sara RAMIREZ (ESP) 8-11, 11-3, 18-16, 11-8, 11-8

Final
Kasumi ISHIKAWA (JPN) bt Reiko HIURA (JPN) 11-3, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9

Menís Doubles
Final

Omar ASSAR / El-Sayed LASHIN (EGY) bt Mohamed EL-BEAILI / Mohamed Tarek EL-SOBKY (EGY) 11-7, 15-13, 15-17, 11-5, 11-2

Womenís Doubles
Final

Reiko HIURA / Kasumi ISHIKAWA (JPN) bt Matilda EKHOM / Sara RAMREZ (SWE/ESP) 11-5, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5

ITTF Press Release

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