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Kirill Gerassimenko wins on home soil

Monday 20 September

Impressive from start to finish, the host nation’s Kirill Gerassimenko won both the men’s singles and men’s doubles titles at the 2021 ITTF Kazakhstan International Open in Karaganda on Sunday 19th September.

Kirill Gerassimenko impressed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and at the ITTF Kazakhstan International Open

He partnered Alan Kurmangaliyev to men’s doubles success against Saudi Arabia’s Ali Alkhadrawi and Abdulaziz Bu Shulaybi (11-6, 11-8, 11-4), before winning the men’s singles title at the expense of India’s Snehit Suravajjula (11-8, 11-9, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6).

In the penultimate round Kirill Gerassimenko had overcome Saudi Arabia’s Naif Al-Jadi (11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6); Snehit Suravajjula, required to compete in the qualification stage, had accounted for Pavel Platonov of Belarus (11-5, 11-3, 11-5, 6-11, 11-8).

Two titles for Kirill Gerassimenko, it was three, a full house for Russia’s Valeria Kotcyur.

Gold the previous day, partnering colleague Maksim Kaburkin to mixed doubles success, she added the women’s doubles title in harness with Valeria Shcherbatykh, prior to emerging the women’s singles champion.

After accounting Kazakhstan’s Aiya Alimbayeva (8-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8), Valeria Kotcyur claimed the women’s singles title at the final expense of compatriot Ekaterina Okhotnikova (11-7, 12-14, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6).

In the opposite semi-final, Ekaterina Okhotnikova had beaten Valeria Shcherbatykh (11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9).

Meanwhile, in the women’s doubles final, Valeria Kotcyur and Valeria Shcherbatykh prevailed against Kaushani Nath and Prapti Sen (10-12, 11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6).

Overall, a total of 44 men and 31 women competed in Karaganda.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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