Brice Leverdez (pictured)
of France secured the men's singles title at the Spanish Open in Madrid (15.000 US Dollars). The 26-year-old from Paris grabbed his first season's title by beating Gabriel Ulldahl of Sweden in three games. The latter was surprisingly storming into the Spanish finals after beating a couple of strong players including home favourite Pablo Abian
in the semis.
After the victories in Ukraine and Belgium in 2011 it was the third Circuit title for Brice Leverdez
in the last 12 months.
Salakjit Ponsana destroyed the hopes of the local crowd by beating first top seeded Carolina Marin
in three close games and then also Spanish number two Beatriz Corrales in Sunday's finals.
The men's doubles crown was won by Dutch pair of Jorrit De Ruiter and Dave Khodabux in an all-Dutch affair against Jelle Maas/Jacco Arends. Marcus Ellis and Gabrielle White of England took the mixed doubles title. And Russians Tatjana Bibik and Anastasia Chervaykova proved to be the strongest women's doubles in Madrid.
The finals results:
MS: Brice Leverdez (FRA) - Gabriel Ulldahl (SWE) 21:14 22:24 21:18
WS: Salakjit Ponsana (THA) - Beatriz Corrales (ESP) 21:11 13:21 21:14
MD: Jorrit De Ruiter/Dave Khodabux (NED) - Jacco Arends/Maas Jelle (NED) 21:16 21:23 21:13
WD: Tatjana Bibik/Anastasia Chervaykova (RUS) - Mariana Agathangelou/Alexandra Langley (ENG) 12:21 21:16 21:18
MX: Marcus Ellis/Gabrielle White (ENG) - Ronan Labar/Emilie Lefel (FRA) 21:9 21:13
for all results of the 2012 Spanish Open
for all previous champions since 1974
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