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SEAMASTER 2017 ITTF WORLD TOUR INDIA OPEN

Sunday 19th February

Once again Dimitrij Ovtcharov wins in New Delhi, prevents record

The winner seven years ago when the tournament was also staged in New Delhi, once again, on the evening of Sunday 19th February, Dimitrij Ovtcharov struck gold in the world famous city.

He won the Men’s Singles event at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour India Open and thus prevented history being written.

Occupying the top seeded position in the draw, he beat Tomokazu Harimoto, the no.14 seed (11-6, 11-8, 11-4, 14-12) and thus stopped the Japanese prodigy from being the youngest player ever to win an ITTF World Tour Men’s Singles title.

The honour still belongs to China’s Yu Ziyang; he was 16 years and 30 days old when on Sunday 22nd June he succeeded at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Japan Open in Yokohama.

However, aged 13 years and 237 days, Tomokazu Harimoto does have the privilege of being the youngest ever ITTF World Tour Men’s Singles finalist and there is still time to match the record of his compatriot Mima Ito.

On Sunday 22nd March 2015, she was 14 years 152 days old when she won the Women's Singles title in Bremen, Germany.

Success for Dimitrij Ovtcharov means that he has enjoyed a dream start to the year; it is three consecutive titles in February. On Sunday 5th February, he won the Europe Top 16 event in the French Riviera coastal resort of Antibes; one week later he clinched the Men’s Singles title at the DHS Lausanne Open, before today succeeding in India’s capital city.

Furthermore, in 12 appearances in ITTF World Tour Men’s Singles finals, Dimitrij Ovtcharov has now won six times.

In addition to his now two wins in New Delhi, he won in Brazil and Korea in 2011; in Germany in 2012 and 2014. He was the runner up in Denmark in 2009, in Germany in Poland the following year as well as in Germany in 2013. Later in 2015 he experienced the same fate in Qatar and Austria; last year in Poland, as in 2010, he was the silver medallist.

SEAMASTER 2017 ITTF WORLD TOUR INDIA OPEN

Sunday 19th February

Sakura Mori adds to success, winner in New Delhi

Never afraid to show her feelings, Japan’s Sakura Mori won the Women’s Singles title at the Seamaster 2017 India Open in New Delhi on Sunday 19th February and in so doing enjoyed what was arguably the most successful tournament of her career, whilst also maintaining the very best traditions of Japanese excellence.

At the final hurdle, the no.6 seed, she accounted for Sweden’s Matilda Ekholm, the no.4 seed, to arrest the title (7-11, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10, 6-11, 8-11, 11-6).

Success for Sakura Mori meant that she departed the Indian capital city with two titles to her credit; earlier in the week, she had won the Under 21 Women’s Singles event beating Hong Kong’s Minnie Soo Wai Yam in the final.

It was a win that undoubtedly gave Sakura Mori a major injection of confidence; Matilda Ekholm was very much a player in form. One week earlier she had used her skills to great effect to win the Women’s Singles title at the DHS Lausanne Open in Switzerland.

The efforts of Sakura Mori mean that in what is now 314 ITTF World Tour tournaments, players representing Japan have appeared in 60 Women’s Singles finals and have won on 34 occasions.

Furthermore, it was for Sakura Mori her first ever ITTF World Tour Women’s Singles final; thus she becomes the 17th Japanese player to secure such a title.

Meanwhile, for Matilda Ekholm, it was somewhat different; she is only the second player, representing Sweden to reach an ITTF World Tour Women’s Singles final.

In 2012, she won in Morocco beating Spain’s Sara Ramirez in the final, before in 2013 in Croatia experiencing defeat in the title decider when confronting Korea’s Lee Dasom.

Notably, the only other Swede to reach  an ITTF World Tour Women’s Singles final is Li Fen; in 2014, she won in Spain beating Japan’s Miu Hirano in the final.