MINSK, BELARUS: The 20th Belarus open continued to grow attracting more than 130 players from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, Italy and Great Britain.
In addition to excellent participant numbers, this event also attracted players with high ITF World Rankings. More than ten players held a current ITF Seniors ranking within the top 100. Among those included Alexey Karpenko, former number two in the men’s 45, Ekaterina Sudnik with a current ranking of 22, Petras Vozbutas with a ranking of 49 in the men’s 65, current world number 61 Tadas Tarasevicius in the men’s 50 age category and Frants Nunikyan with a ranking of 39 in men’s 55.
There were some great success for the home nation with four titles being won by players from Belarus; Vitali Viarsotski took the title in the men’s 35, Sergei Kudin Sergei claimed the men’s 50 title after beating Tadas Tarasevicius in 3 sets, Tatiana Yukhvid defeated Ekaterina Sudnik in the women’s 40 and Valentina Shatkovskaya was crowned champion after defeating Tatsiana Zeliankevich in women’s 50.
Mens 40 top seed Russian Alexey Karpenko progressed to the final to take the title after beating fellow countryman Maksim Ivaschenko 63 60.
Sergiy Kovach took the title in the men’s 45 event and favourite Frants Nunikyan took the men’s 55 title. Vladimir Nazarenko was crowned champion of the men’s 60 with a very convincing win over Yakov Atrokhov.
Lithuanian, Petras Vozbutas took the men’s 65 title after beating local Dzmitri Sakharchuk. The final men’s singles title was awarded to Yuri Pavlov after his win in the men’s 70 over Evgeni Shareshyk.
The tournament also offered players the opportunity to compete for the first time for ITF world ranking points in both doubles and mixed doubles.
An Official dinner was held in the restaurant “Planet”10.03.12 for all players.