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    Posted: 02/06/2011 at 4:57am
Now in Liege, Belgium, semifinals and final today, think Live on Laola1.tv.

CET 11:40 SF:  Vladimir Samsonov (BLR) vs. Smirnov Alexey (RUS)
CET 12:30 SF:  Werner Schlager (AUT) vs. Kalinikos Kreanga (GRE)

CET 16:00 Final.


Two upset matches yesterday, Kalinikos Kreanga (GRE) won Dimitrij Ovtcharov (GER) and Adrian Crisan (ROU) won Vladimir Samsonov (BLR).  


Players:
1. SAMSONOV Vladimir (BLR)
2. OVTCHAROV Dimitrij (GER)
3. SCHLAGER Werner (AUT)
4. SMIRNOV Alexey (RUS)
5. STEGER Bastian (GER)
6. CHEN Weixing (AUT)
7. APOLONIA Tiago (POR)
8. CRISAN Adrian (ROU)
9. KREANGA Kalinikos (GRE)
10. GERELL Par (SWE)
11. SAIVE Jean-Michel (BEL)
12. GARDOS Robert (AUT)


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Was just looking at the results, Tiago lost 4-0 to Saive, that's freakin hillarious. Also Crisan beat Samsonov, and then loses to Robert Gardos, beats the top guy, loses to the bottom...he is so spotty...

Also Kreanga beat Ovtcharov and Pavlovich has won all 3 of her matches to break up the otherwise all Chinese semi-final.
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OMG! Pavlovich just saved 4 match points after going down 9-6 on a net ball and came back and won 12-10, wooooow, so glad I caught the end of that live, so she's going to the final!
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Kreanga beat Schlager 4-1 and he will be in the final!

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Wow...the final was fantastic!
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Thanks for the link - fantastic final that was. 
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So weird, he stops playing in the pro tour and finally wins something resembling a major title, but that's what you get when you have Boll and Suss drop out, a WR31 guy winning.

Also chopper loses in her final Cry she tried so hard...but still a good showing for the Euro champ, winning Euro championships and final in the top 12, pretty good.


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HugFantastic performance by Kreanga!
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An impressive final, and very well deserved victory. Kreanga was on fire this weekend.
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Li Jiao's been toying with choppers again.
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man, Kreanga was really on fire, indeed :) Honestly, I didn't think he could even beat Werner but here it is, beating Samsonov in the finals and becoming a champion. DAMN!!!!:)

btw: is there any way we can download those vids from laola.tv?


PS: Is it just my taste or the commentator was really awful? in addition, he sounds like an 18-year old T_T


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Thanks to ttprovider, there are the highlights on youtube:

Semifinals

Vladimir Samsonov - Alexei Smirnov

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGUy2FvcdMU

Kalinikos Kreanga - Werner Schlager

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTknSpoAFQQ


Final

Kalinikos Kreanga - Vladimir Samsonov
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNjveHNg7Hs
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huh, the finalists in the mens were 38 and 34 and in the womens it was 38 and 32, in both the 38 year olds winning. And in the men's the other 2 semi-finalists were 33 and 38.

Sigh...where are the young people?


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He beat Schlager and Samsonov. I was quite surprised. LONG LIVE KREANGA'S BACKHAND!!!
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Originally posted by Jonan Jonan wrote:

So weird, he stops playing in the pro tour and finally wins something resembling a major title, but that's what you get when you have Boll and Suss drop out, a WR31 guy winning.

Also chopper loses in her final Cry she tried so hard...but still a good showing for the Euro champ, winning Euro championships and final in the top 12, pretty good.


After the final Kreanga stated that he was working on improving his fitness before the tournament, which might explain why he played so well on the Europe Top 12 vs his latest tournaments. Maybe he had an injury? Who knows. Anyways, Kreanga was definitely playing very well today because he was pulling off amazing shots. Samsonov was playing well too, so you have to give credit to Kreanga for beating Samsonov in this tournament.Clap
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Originally posted by Jonan Jonan wrote:

huh, the finalists in the mens were 38 and 34 and in the womens it was 38 and 32, in both the 38 year olds winning. And in the men's the other 2 semi-finalists were 33 and 38.

Sigh...where are the young people?
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Originally posted by cls2222 cls2222 wrote:

Originally posted by Jonan Jonan wrote:

So weird, he stops playing in the pro tour and finally wins something resembling a major title, but that's what you get when you have Boll and Suss drop out, a WR31 guy winning.

Also chopper loses in her final Cry she tried so hard...but still a good showing for the Euro champ, winning Euro championships and final in the top 12, pretty good.


After the final Kreanga stated that he was working on improving his fitness before the tournament, which might explain why he played so well on the Europe Top 12 vs his latest tournaments. Maybe he had an injury? Who knows. Anyways, Kreanga was definitely playing very well today because he was pulling off amazing shots. Samsonov was playing well too, so you have to give credit to Kreanga for beating Samsonov in this tournament.Clap

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Viktoria Pavlovich vs Li Jiao(Women Final)
Vladimir Samsonov vs Bastian Steger(Quarter Final)
Werner Schlager vs Adrian Crisan(Quarter Final)
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I'm glad krenga won..Smile..quit a long time hasn't see him win a tournament.. his backhand is powerful..
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Samsonov had previously lost to Kreanga a few times including the round of 16 at the 2003 World Championships.
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Crazy Final...
Kreanga's BH is crazy, so powerful.
Some incredible rallies too.. watching Kreanga ripping those BH away from the table, probably 6-7 metres back is a sight to behold. I don't think there will be another player with such explosive BH.. ever...
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Originally posted by dragon kid dragon kid wrote:

Crazy Final...
Kreanga's BH is crazy, so powerful.
Some incredible rallies too.. watching Kreanga ripping those BH away from the table, probably 6-7 metres back is a sight to behold. I don't think there will be another player with such explosive BH.. ever...

That rally at 9-9 in the 7th is probably the best rally i have ever seen! Kreange is out of the screen most of it... and for Kreange to produce that sort of power and agility is incredible! He had been doing that all game... he wanted this final so bad! 

Totally deserved it! 
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Originally posted by lild100 lild100 wrote:

That rally at 9-9 in the 7th is probably the best rally i have ever seen! Kreange is out of the screen most of it... and for Kreange to produce that sort of power and agility is incredible! He had been doing that all game... he wanted this final so bad! 

Totally deserved it! 

Yupe, that was the best rally, in terms of quality and it's importance in such deciding moment of the match.. both players was fearless.. KReanga's coach jumped off his seat when Kreanga won that one.. LOL
Did you know that Kreanga spent some time in England when he was a junior? I read about that somewhere..


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Originally posted by lild100 lild100 wrote:

Originally posted by dragon kid dragon kid wrote:

Crazy Final...
Kreanga's BH is crazy, so powerful.
Some incredible rallies too.. watching Kreanga ripping those BH away from the table, probably 6-7 metres back is a sight to behold. I don't think there will be another player with such explosive BH.. ever...

That rally at 9-9 in the 7th is probably the best rally i have ever seen! Kreange is out of the screen most of it... and for Kreange to produce that sort of power and agility is incredible! He had been doing that all game... he wanted this final so bad! 

Totally deserved it! 


yeah, he really wanted it this time, for sure.  with boll out, he was probably thinking like this would be his best (and, perhaps, last) chance for a euro top-12 title.

he said in the post-game interview that he didn't play much last year, cuz he was working on his conditioning.  well, evidently, the work has paid off!


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Kudos to Kreanga, he is like a pocket battleship. Fully deserved to win it. Must be one of the fittest players for his age and this level of play.
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Originally posted by riker71 riker71 wrote:

Kudos to Kreanga, he is like a pocket battleship. Fully deserved to win it. Must be one of the fittest players for his age and this level of play.

Heehee, only a Brit would apply that term nowdays, though he'd have to be German for it to really make sense Wink
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Originally posted by riker71 riker71 wrote:

Kudos to Kreanga, he is like a pocket battleship. Fully deserved to win it. Must be one of the fittest players for his age and this level of play.

Heehee, only a Brit would apply that term nowdays, though he'd have to be German for it to really make sense Wink

Hmmm.......and why would that be then? Go on, enlighten me.
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Originally posted by riker71 riker71 wrote:

Originally posted by Jonan Jonan wrote:


Originally posted by riker71 riker71 wrote:

Kudos to Kreanga, he is like a pocket battleship. Fully deserved to win it. Must be one of the fittest players for his age and this level of play.

Heehee, only a Brit would apply that term nowdays, though he'd have to be German for it to really make sense Wink

Hmmm.......and why would that be then? Go on, enlighten me.

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