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Dan
07-15-2011, 06:39 PM
2011 Morocco Open - ITTF Pro Tour,14 - 17 July 2011

The Morocco Open 2011 has began. This is going to be a big tournament, so lets get started and discuss the seeds. We can use this thread as a means to display the results, videos and latest news from this fantastic event!

Vladimir Samsonov enters the tournament as the number 1 seed defending his title for 2 years in a row. Samsonov has been the Morocco champion in 2009 and 2010. Who will stop him?

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Photo by Remi Gros

In 2009 and 2010 Vladimir Samsonov won this prestigious Pro Tour in Morocco. He will defending this title this year. The mens seeds are as follows...

Mens Draw

1) Vladimir Samsonov
2) Jean Michel Saive
3) Marcos Freitas
4) Kamel Achanta
5) Carlos Machado
6) Emmanuel Lebesson
7) El-Sayed Lashin
8) Salifou Abdel-Kader
9) Saleh Ahmed Ali
10) Yanick Vostes

As we can see Vladimir Samsonov is the number 1 seed and will be looking to win this event for the third consecutive time. Can anyone stop him?

Perhaps Marcos Freitas or Saive can take on the mighty Vladimir. Carlos Machado reached the Morocco Open in 2009 losing out closely to Samsonov.

The womens seeds are as follows....

Womens Draw

Kasumi Ishikawa enters the tournament as the favourite

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Photo/Itsuo Inouye

1) Kasumi Ishikawa
2) Sayaka Hirano
3) Wang Yuegu
4) Yu Mengyu
5) Sun Beibei
6) Elizabeta Samara
7) Kristin Silbereisen
8) Ji Hee Jeon
9) Matila Ekholm
10) Sara Ramirez

In 2010 Kasumi ishikawa won her first ITTF Pro Tour singles title at the Morocco Open. Entered this year as the number seed will she finsh as the winner? Who can stop her.


Who's going to win, who did you pick in the poll? Which players will pull of upsets do you think?

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YosuaYosan
07-15-2011, 07:36 PM
I hope J.M Saive win :)

WiWa
07-16-2011, 08:08 AM
Should be Samsonov. But maybe Saive, Freitas or Lebesson can bring a suprise, but I don't think so.

Matt Hetherington
07-16-2011, 12:50 PM
Three in a row for Samsonov I say!

azlan
07-16-2011, 05:19 PM
The old horse still got what it takes........

Justchill
07-16-2011, 06:47 PM
Allez Jean-Mi !! :)

YosuaYosan
07-17-2011, 04:09 AM
The old horse still got what it takes........

Which one is the old horse ?
Samsonov or Saive ? :D

chughtai
07-17-2011, 08:06 AM
smsonov might win this

Rhydian
07-17-2011, 08:13 AM
Come on Marcos Freitas :D
You can do this :D

Michal_Z
07-17-2011, 01:13 PM
Hahaaa, My vote will win I hope!
Just now Saive beat Achanta, right in great style..
He was leading 3:1 in games, hardly winning each from those 3 he got on board..
Then he completely turned off, or better.. looking at his game - turning into an experimental rythm..
Tryed some things.. lost 11:1 .. to win next game and the ticked into finals..
Anyways, I cant see him beat Samsonov, simply for that a miracle has to happen ;)

YosuaYosan
07-17-2011, 02:25 PM
All right, its the legendary Saive and the legendary Samsonov in the final !
Old school rocks :D

Michal_Z
07-17-2011, 03:15 PM
Oh, nooo NOOOO!!! No no .. how could this happen?
I was so happy seing Japanese women duo having 3 championship points..
And they lost 12:10 .. unbelieveable.. what a shame :(

Michal_Z
07-17-2011, 03:24 PM
Heheeee, I just saw Vladi and Saive sitting close to each other, talking about something..
Lol .. they have to be friends :)
They even played in Royal Villette Charleroi I think.. They won Liebherr European Champions League together..
That was I think in 2000 or 2001 .. Samsonov, Primorac and Saive I think..

YosuaYosan
07-17-2011, 04:13 PM
They are talking about doing an exhibition XD

I love to see friendship inside table tennis..

Michal_Z
07-17-2011, 04:25 PM
I hope the same!
Anyways if I would be there with some my friend, I would deal with him to play first 2 sets just exhibitions..
So that after first 2 sets it would be 1:1 .. and then we would start to play seriously..
And also when it will be obvious, that one will win, we would start exhibitions from that point again ;)
What do you think, what will they do? :)

Rhydian
07-17-2011, 05:55 PM
oh nooo :O
Freitas lost :mad:
Now my bet goes to J.M. Saive :D
I want him to win because he's an awsome player and a true fighter :D

Steven
07-17-2011, 05:58 PM
Samsonov-Saive was a nice match. ^^

YosuaYosan
07-17-2011, 06:17 PM
Samsonov-Saive was a nice match. ^^

was ? I think it havent even started yet..
if it is 'is', yes sure it is :)

YosuaYosan
07-17-2011, 06:18 PM
Oh, it has :(
Dang, I missed it..

Rhydian
07-17-2011, 06:18 PM
That will be a nice game!
The semis were also good ^^
Has someone videos of the best shots? ^^
would like to see them again :D

YosuaYosan
07-17-2011, 06:20 PM
Guys, Im confused..
Has the final match started ?

I thought the match starts tomorrow..

Anders
07-17-2011, 06:33 PM
The match has been played allready, I saw it live on ITTF TV :)

Matt Hetherington
07-17-2011, 11:29 PM
SPOILER ALERT Samsonov winner of the Morocco Open 2011 :)

YosuaYosan
07-18-2011, 01:16 AM
Wow the last set was 18-16 !
They want the game back to 21 lol..

Good to se Vladi back in action !
He stays in the top tens for more than 10 years now, awesome..

chughtai
07-18-2011, 02:15 AM
i knew it samsonov won

UpSideDownCarl
07-18-2011, 02:55 AM
But, sadly, in spite of the last game being 18-16, it was not much of a match: 4-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-3, 18-16. I was sort of hoping Samsonov would drop the 4th game. It did not look like he really was having any trouble with Saive. Worth having respect for Saive though he has done it for a long time. But Samsonov was too much for him.

azlan
07-18-2011, 05:26 AM
I would expect Saive to give a bit more resistance, and probably even winning it. But all credit should be given to Saive too. Reaching the final was not as plain sailing as people might think, especially at his age. Saive is a heck of an example to other fellow professionals.

Rhydian
07-18-2011, 06:56 AM
Wow!
Even if Samsonov won 4-0, it was a great match. I mean J.M. Saive played very good rallies and also exhausting rallies!
It's good to see that Saive keeps playing and having fun even if people think that he should retire at his age. Why? If you still can have fun in table tennis and reach some finals? :D

dici
07-18-2011, 12:28 PM
I would say the game is some what close, especially for the first two game. However, Saive was getting distracted after he is not allowed to change his cloth at the beginning of the 3rd game. This does cost him for that lost in 11-3. But you can see that he is able to make himself come back, it just that Samsonov has way too stronger mentality than him.

Michal_Z
07-18-2011, 01:42 PM
This is from TT Provider from finals..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u0tPRjwo_4

Rhydian
07-20-2011, 10:11 AM
That video is great :D
Thanks for sharing! Awsome Saive ;)

chughtai
07-20-2011, 10:15 AM
the last game was everending but i guess samsonov was just toying with saive in the end