Austrian Open: Sensational 24-year old Apolonia defeats Boll in final
Sunday, October 24, 2010
ITTF Press Release
Portugalís 24 year old Tiago APOLONIA emerged as the shock Menís Singles champion at the Austrian Open in Wels on Sunday 24th October 2010.
Never having progressed beyond the third round of a Menís Singles event on the ITTF Pro Tour, APOLONIA, the no.13 seed, beat Germanyís Timo BOLL, the reigning European champion, to collect the top prize of US$ 16,000.
It was one of the yearís biggest upsets and it very nearly did not happen; in his first round contest against Frenchmen Emmanuel LEBESSON two days earlier, Tiago APOLONIA had saved four match points before securing victory.
A shock result in the Menís Singles event but not in the counterpart Womenís Singles competition where China dominated matters,
GUO Yue, 22 years old and the 2007 World champion, captured the crown beating 18 year old compatriot WU Yang in the final.
The Womenís Singles title for GUO Yue and earlier in the day, partnering LI Xiaoxia, the duo captured Womenís Doubles gold. Winners of the Womenís Doubles title at the LIEBHERR World Championships in both 2007 and 2009, the duo defeated teenage compatriots, WU Yang and ZHU Yuling in the final.
It was for GUO Yue and LI Xiaoxia their eighth ITTF Pro Tour Womenís Doubles title; whilst in the Menís Doubles event, it was a first for Hong Kong Kongís JIANG Tianyi and TANG Peng.
In the past they have been quarter-finalists and semi-finalists but never finalists in ITTF Pro Tour Menís Doubles events; in Austria they came good.
They beat Koreaís JEONG Sang Eun and RYU Seung Min at the final hurdle to clinch gold.