Russia and Poland the dominant force in Vilnius
The finals day of the 2014 Yonex Lithuania International saw Finnish youngster Kasper Lehikoinen, a former bronze medailist of the European Junior Championships, and Poland’s Anna Narel taking the singles crowns in the city of Vilnius.
In the second round of the main draw, home mens’ singles home favourite Kęstutis Navickas was stunned by Russia’s veteran Stanislav Pukhov, who in the next round was beaten by Maciej Poulakowski — who in turn had to retire in a semi-final match against leventual champion Kasper Lehikoinen of Finland.
Russian and Poland succesful in the doubles
The situation somehow repeated itself during the men’s doubles semi-final when Pukhov and Sirant saved three match points in the second game and then won the match against the top seeded Milosz Bochat and Pawel Pietryja, only to announce Pukhov’s injury and inability to play on the finals day. No match for spectators, unfortunately.
The Polish team won two gold medals (the mixed doubles and womens’ singles titles), while Russia claimed the womens’ doubles and the mens’ doubles gold. Only the mens’ singles went to Finland’s Kasper Lehikoinen.
The finals results:
MS: Kasper Lehikoinen (FIN) — Mateusz Dubowski (POL) 18:21 21:9 21:13
WS: Anna Narel (POL) — Alesia Zaitsava (BLR) 21:19 21:19
MD: Denis Grachev/Artem Karpov (RUS) — Stanislav Pukhov/Sergey Sirant (RUS) wo
WD: Anastasia Dobrinina/Viktoriia Vorobeva (RUS) — Kristin Kuuba/Helina Rüütel (EST) 21:19 21:19
XD: Pawel Pietryja/Aneta Wojtkowska (POL) — Ciaran Chambers/Sinead Chambers (IRL) 21:11 21:13
Click HERE for the full results of the 2014 Lithuanian International
Article and photo by Lithuanian Badminton Federation.