22 Jul 2013

Vesnina masters World University Games

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Andrey Kuznetsova/Elena Vesnina (RUS) at the 2013 World University Games

Elena Vesnina took centre stage in the tennis event at the 2013 World University Games, held in the Russian city of Kazan on 6-17 July.

World No. 21 Vesnina, who reached the quarterfinals stage at both the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, won her first gold medal for Russia after partnering Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to victory over Thailand’s Noppawan Lertcheewakarn and Varatchaya Wongteanchai in the women’s doubles final.

The 26-year-old doubled her haul when she and Andrey Kuznetsov combined in the mixed doubles gold medal match to defeat Japan’s Shota Tagawa and Hiroko Kuwata.

The 27th Universiade, which saw more than 10,0000 athletes and officials attend 26 separate events with a total of 341 medals awarded, saw the host nation finish atop the medals table with a record-breaking 155 gold medals.

Russia, unlike most of the countries which sent university athletes to the event, fielded a strong delegation which included 89 Olympians.

There was further success for the hosts as 28-year-old Russian Konstantin Kravchuk, currently No. 191 in the world rankings, took bronze in the men’s singles event and silver alongside compatriot Victor Baluda in the men’s doubles. Young-Kyu Lim, of Korea Republic, took overall honours in the men’s singles after defeating  Madagascar’s Antso Rakotondramanga, ranked No. 1033 in the world, in the gold medal match.

Japan’s Sachie Ishizu, who is currently ranked No. 233 on the women’s tour, won the women’s singles event with victory over American 20-year-old Sabrina Santamaria, while Chinese Taipei’s Hsin-Han Lee and Hsien-Yin Peng, ranked No. 122 and No. 116 on the doubles circuit respectively, took gold in the men’s doubles.

Universiade 2013 is the first major sports event to take place in Kazan, which will also host the 2015 World Aquatics Championships and some matches at the 2018 FIFA Football World Cup.

The next Universiade will be held in Gwangju, South Korea in 2015.

Men's Singles
Gold: Yong-Kyu Lim (KOR)
Silver:  Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD)
Bronze: Maxime Quinqueneau (FRA)
Bronze: Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS)

Women's Singles
Gold: Sachie Ishizu (JPN)
Silver: Sabrina Santamaria (USA)
Bronze: Hiroko Kuwata (JPN)
Bronze: Katerina Vankova (CZE)

Men's Doubles 
Gold: Hsin-Han Lee / Hsien-Yin Peng (TPE)
Silver: Victor Baluda / Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS)
Bronze: Aliaksandr Bury / Andrei Vasilevski (BLR)
Bronze: Yong-Kyu Lim / Sang-Woo Noh (KOR)

Women's Doubles
Gold: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova / Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Silver: Noppawan Lertcheewakarn / Varatchaya Wongteanchai (THA)
Bronze: Barbara Sobaszkiewicz / Sylwia Zagorska (POL)
Bronze: Darya Lebesheva / Polina Pekhova (BLR)

Mixed Doubles
Gold: Andrey Kuznetsov / Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Silver: Shota Tagawa / Hiroko Kuwata (JPN)
Bronze: Hsin-Han Lee / Hua-Chen Lee (TPE)
Bronze: Patrick Olivier Eichenberger / Lisa Sabino (SUI)