Cui Yunke Wins Namibian Open

SKW hosted the Namibian Table Tennis Open Championship which saw 24 of Namibia’s top players going head-to-head for the prestigious Sigrid Goumlbel trophies, last Saturday.

The trophies were named in honor of Sigrid Goumlbel who served the sport of Table Tennis for four decades earning her this honour.

The tournament was closely contested which resulted in the event being played nearly three hours longer than anticipated. All main draw matches in this Category A tournament were played best out of seven games.

In the Open Senior division Chinese national Cui “Charles” Yunke went into the event as one of the favorites after winning the Eliminators Cup a fortnight ago and he lived up to expectations.

After eliminating Danre Dennis in the round of 16, Yunke defeated Heiko Fleidl (current Namibian No. 1) in a thrilling six-game match (4-2).

In the semifinal, Yunke underlined his championship ambitions further by triumphing over his fellow countrymen Wang “Colin” Yuqing, the defending Namibian Open champion of last year.

Yunke in the final came up against Ma Xiangsheng, another Chinese player in top form. They played an epic final, with very little separating them throughout the match. Spectators were kept on the edge of their seats and as the game progressed, Yunke just managed to keep an upper hand over his countrymen to clinch a 4-3 victory to take home the newly introduced Sigrid Gobel Singles trophy.

Yunke in the process moved into second position on the National Table Tennis Rankings just a mere 30 points behind Heiko Fleidl the current No. 1 ranked player.

In other action, Theo Beukes won the Senior Open Plate section after beating Wayne Green in the final.

Green won the first set 11-8, but Beukes staged a superb comeback to win the next two sets 11-8, 11-7 to be crowned the Plate winner.

In the doubles section Fleidl and his partner Reinolt Schurz emerged victories. The duo triumphed over Ramon Hansen and Wayne Green 4-2 in the final and extended their lead in the Doubles rankings to a staggering 279 points.

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Source : The Namibian