2011 Swedish Open
British based players found the freezing temperatures difficult but did enjoy the Swedish hospitality...
This years first world tour event kicked off with the Swedish Open in Malmo, a Super World Tour event that unleashed a host of spills and thrills.
Rakesh Gupta, injured before a match was played, rose to the occasion and soldiered on, losing to Henrik Hakansson and Ottmar Neidhardt clinging to a bag of ice and his new bandages.
Jason Granville began with a bye to second round, but was knocked out in the second round. His main disappointment on the day was losing his brand new 'posh' Wilson jacket with his name embossed on it, which seemed to have gone 'walkabout'.
Steve Kneller put up a brave effort against M Rask in a very close encounter with only 3 points separating the two at the end.
Maureen Thompson began her assault on the ladies event with a good win against J Lambert and looked extremely comfortable, enough to speak to her support bench and fan base during the tennis.
In the mixed event, Jason Granville partnered the Latvian beauty Smirnova who was clearly a good partner for the New Zealander. Could they be the pairing of the future?
In the men's elite, after a first round bye, Jermaine Manners then lost to Christian Wiessner. With his Table Tennis setting him off in good stead he needed another game to kick start him. With cobwebs out of the way Jermaine and Joey Schubert went head to head on a mammoth 36-38 squash extravaganza with rallies lasting up to a brutal 10 minutes. Both were alive at the finish to complete a tight tennis math with Jermaine edging the match by a single point. Jermaine next played Marcel Weigl & once again secured valuable points in the table tennis. Going into to tennis Jermaine needing 10, instantly found himself 10-1 down, but came through with a slight margin to once again secure a victory.
Scot S Doney raced to a flying start with Impressive victory only to secure a match up against eventual winner but bounced back in his final match.
The event was once again well organized and run professionally. The Malmo setting as ever is a great one, with perhaps the only complaint being the weather....but you can't blame the organisers for that!