All the singles titles of the International Wold Tour Event Finnish Open in Kainuainen (5-7.10) stayed in Finland, except Seniors 55+. Ismo Rönkkö won his second World Tour title in men singles, Olli Marjamäki took his first international title in men doubles together with Anders Söderlund. Marko Välimäki was the Men B winner, Jaakko Kotisaari the Men C winner and evergreen Anders Lundström not to beat in Seniors (+45). All results and end positions are now online on www.resultreporter.com
Marjamäki player of the tournament
Olli Marjamäki from Finland was the player of the tournament in the IWT Finnish Open in the Freedomfund arena in Kauniainen. On Friday Marjamäki took his first ever World Tour title of his career by winning the Men’s doubles together with Sweden’s Anders Söderlund. For Söderlund this was also his first men’s tour title after having won a mixed titel earlier. Marjamäki continued his winning streak in the singles by beating top seed Martin Björkryd in the first round and reaching the final by beating Mika Hasmats in the semis. In the bottom half of the draw second seed Ismo Rönkkö made his way to the final by beating Christian Wall and Anders Söderlund. In the final Marjamäki fought well and was 3 points ahead of Rönkkö before tennis. Rönkkö’s tennis was too strong for Marjamäki, but a silver medal ahead of the strong Swedes (who performed weakly this weekend) was an outstanding performance. It was up to Mr. routine Anders Rickan, to save the Swedish honour with bronze.
Topseed Gersdorf out in Round one
Another great performance by a Finn was in the seniors 45+ class, where Jaakko Syrjänen managed to beat top seed Joachim Gersdorf in the first round by one point. Anders Lundström also performed against the seedings and beat second seed Graham King in the semis and went on to win the class by beating Syrjänen in the final. Seniors 55+ was dominated by Switzerland’s Graham King. In the final he was challenged by Finland’s Markku Merta, who only lost by 5 points after having lost the table tennis by 17 points.
Valimäki too strong for B
The men’s B-class was won by Finland’s Marko Välimäki, who just missed the cut off for the Elite.
The C-class also went to Finland with Jaakko Kotisaari beating Teppo Smolander in the final.
The only disappointment in the tournament was the lack of a women’s draw. Prize money was awarded instead to men doubles. The organizers would like to express their warmest thanks to Manuela Vollmeier of Switzerland for having the will and courage to enter the men’s doubles and C-class.
Tournament Director, Poku Salo &
FIR-Executive President Marcel Weigl
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Finnish Open 2012
Men A – Elite
1. Ismo Rönkkö, Fin
2. Olli Marjamäki, Fin
3. Anders Rickan, Swe
Men A – Elite Doubles
1. Olli Marjamäki/Anders Söderlund, Fin/Swe
2. Martin Björkryd/Christian Wall, Swe
3. Mika Hasmats/Anders Rickan, Swe
1. Anders Lundström, Fin
2. Jaakko Syrjänen, Fin
3. Patrik Wartia, Swe
1. Graham King, Sui
2. Markku Merta, Fin
3. Sten Lindstöm, Fin
Men B – Advanced
1. Marko Välimäki, Fin
2. Marko Pietilä, Fin
3. Petri Luoma, Fin
Men C – Amateur
1. Jaako Kotisaari, Fin
2. Teppo Smolander, Fin
3. Jukka Julin, Fin