Bulgaria and Denmark win singles titles
The 2014 Babolat Kharkov International (International Challenge tournament, 15.000 US Dollars) saw shattered dreams for Ukrainian number one shuttler Dmytro Zavadsky and 2009 European Junior Champion Emil Holst but also for Turkish pair of Özge Bayrak and Neslihan Yigit. None of them reached Sunday’s finals.
The most exciting match in the women’s singles was presented by the top seeded Linda Zetchiri (World No. 34) from Bulgaria and Özge Bayrak (World No. 87) of Turkey. About a week ago they already met in the semi-final of the Bulgarian Eurasia Open 2014 and the Turkish player won in Sofia. This time the fight was very intense and lasted about 50 minutes. Bayrak won the first game – 11-10 when Zetchiri restored the balance – 11-5, Bayrak fired back to win the third game 11-3, the it was Zetchiri who equalized game score again – 11-8 and put a winning end – 11-5. The Bulgarian player managed to take revenge against the Turkish number one shuttler.
Rasmus Fladberg beats Joachim Persson
In the men’s singles final two Danish players met each other: The 21-year old Rasmus Fladberg (World No. 64) and the 31-year old Joachim Persson (World No.71). Despite the fact that Fladberg never won against his compatriot in an international competition it was youth winning over experince. Fladberg won in three games: 11-7, 11-4, 11-9.
“It’s always difficult to play when we both are from the same country, because we used to play against each other many times. The game is always getting a bit weird, because we know each other that well, and it turns out that you have to use each other’s disadvantages. So, that’s why it is always getting a bit tragic. But I lost to Joachim two month ago, so I’m happy to get a revenge”, noted happy Fladberg after the match.
Natalya Voytsekh and Yelyzaveta Zharka victorious in the women’s doubles
The Ukrainian players Natalya Voytsekh and Yelyzaveta Zharka (World No. 86) celebrated their victory in the women’s doubles event. In the semi-final they upset the top seeded duo of Ozge Bayrak and Neslihan Yigit (World No. 49) from Turkey – 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-9 and in final they could beat their compatriots Yuliya Kazarinova and Mariya Rud (World No.188): 11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7.
Unfortunately, the two other categories – the men’s doubles and mixed doubles – will not be taking into account for calculation of the World and European ranking due to the lack of foreign players.
The finals results:
MS: Rasmus Fladberg (DEN) – Joachim Persson (DEN) 11:7, 11:4, 11:9
WS Linda Zetchiri (BUL) – Özge Bayrak (TUR) 10:11, 11:5, 3:11, 11:8, 11:5
MD: Gennadiv Natarov/Artem Pochtarev (UKR) – Vitaly Konov/Dmytro Zavadsky (UKR) 11:6, 11:8, 11:9
WD: Natalya Voytsekh/Yelyzaveta Zharka (UKR) – Yuliya Kazarinova/Mariya Rud (UKR) 11:8, 11:7, 6:11, 11:7
XD: Artem Pochtarev/Elena Prus (UKR) – Valeriy Atrashchenkov/Yelyzaveta Zharka (UKR) 10:11, 11:7, 11:10, 11:6
Click here for all the results of the Babolat Kharkov International.
Article by Tetyana Chernetska. Photos by BadmintonPhoto.