IWT Polish Open titles for Sweden as Ahlmer and Lindberg win in contrasting finals

That’s it for the first IWT Polish Open in Warsaw at the Strefa Ruchu club. Two titles for Sweden as both Anna-Klara Ahlmer and René Lindberg win the elite singles.

Ahlmer takes home three gold medals

Anna-Klara Ahlmer has had a very successful week taking home three gold medals here in Poland. After winning the mixed and women’s elite doubles, she also won the women’s singles title. Unfortunately, Joyce Chan Tsz Yan had to retire with a knee injury in the final, so they only played table tennis. We wish Joyce a speedy recovery! Kaptein finished third, she also received a walkover as Holly Ranson had to withdraw from the tournament as well. This resulted in no more women’s matches on Sunday.

Joyce Chan Tsz Yan (2), Anna-Klara Ahlmer (1), Kirsten Kaptein (3)

Lindberg wins his second IWT title

It was an early start for the men this morning, as they had to play their semi-final matches. First up were Stahl and Lindberg. The match was closely contested in table tennis, with Lindberg managing to win by a narrow margin of 23-21. However, Lindberg’s prowess in badminton was on full display as he dominated his opponent with a score of 21-6. The squash match was also a tight affair, with both players engaging in long rallies, but in the end, Lindberg managed to win by a slim margin of 22-20. With just three points left to win in tennis, Lindberg seized the opportunity and emerged victorious in the match. The overall score was +19 (23-21 21-6 22-20 3-3). Next up were doubles partners Lenggenhager and Ternon. Earlier this weekend they were on the same side of the net, now on opposite sides fighting for a spot in the final. Once again, the semi-final was a closely contested match. Ternon managed to edge past Lenggenhager in table tennis, winning by a narrow margin of 24-22. Ternon was very dominant in badminton with a score of 21-5. Although Lenggenhager put up a strong fight in squash and won with a score of 21-10, the gap was slightly too big. Ternon went on to secure their win in the match, taking the tennis set with a score of 15-8. The final was a great fight all the way through. Lindberg knew he needed a strong start in table tennis, and he did taking it 21-9, before Ternon took badminton 21-2. Squash was very even, going point for point. Lindberg sometimes took a small lead but Ternon kept coming back, eventually, Lindberg won it 22-20. He stayed strong and focused in tennis, winning 21-14 and his second IWT title. The overall score was +2 (21-9 2-21 22-20 21-14). The bronze medal went to Stahl as he beat Lenggenhager in another tight match, the score was +3 (17-21 5-21 21-7 21-12).

Sylvain Ternon (2), René Lindberg (1), Duncan Stahl (3)

B Titles for Kozłowska and Ho Ching Ng

Kozłowska won all her matches in the women’s B round-robin, adding another Polish Open medal after winning bronze in the girls’ u16. The men’s B was won by Kevin Ho Ching Ng from Hong Kong China, after he beat Matěj Volf in the final. +29 (23-21 21-4 21-11). He will take home two medals as well, adding singles gold to the elite men’s doubles silver he won on Saturday.

The next tournaments on the Racketlon World Tour are the IWT Lausanne Open (Women’s only) which April 15/16 and the IWT Nordic Racket Games May 5-7. Make sure to enter via fir.tournamentsoftware.com

Sanne Veldkamp / FIR Media Officer

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