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Overview Grand Slam Paris day 1

17 Oct 2015 13:43

   Christian Fidler

At the Grand Slam of Paris today's final stage of the preliminaries was executed with most of the favourites who survived their first rounds. Men’s U60kg seeded Shinji Kido lost Jeroen Mooren who won last week in Glasgow. Ashley McKenzie still cannot convince and he showed solidarity to Automne Pavia, the couple both lost earlier than expected. French Milous Sofiane benefit and is at the last 8 U60kg. Kherlen Ganbold lost to Chammartin who will face Naohisa Takato, maybe even the favourite.

No major surprises U66 unless we need to name Golan Pollack who lost to Mongolian Dovdon. Sebastian Seidl lost to Russian Yakub Shamilov who seems in good shape but suffered a rib injury against Takajo who reached the semi.

No problems U73kg for Rustam Orujov in a bumpy pool. Miklos Ungvari though lost to Chinese Shuai Sun, another sign that the Chinese men are booking a tremendous progress. Shuai faces Pierre Duprat for a semi final spot. Hiroyuki Akimoto defeated Dutch Dex Elmont and Italian super talent Antonio Esposito showed himself at this level by defeated Russian Olympic alternative Denis Iartcev. AKimoto defeated Esposito by oseikomi.

In the women’s division U48kg Taciana Lima who won last week in Lisbon, now suffered a loss against Xie Shishie who reached the semi final. She defeated Dilara Lokmanhekim in the quarter final. Munkhbat and Van Snick gave a strong impression so far and reached the final.

The biggest upset so far is the loss of World Number one Andreea Chitu against Swiss Evelyne Tschopp. Also the Swiss ladies book great results, maybe not in medals, but we see them coming rapidly now. She was lucky against Bundmaa Munkhbaatar who got hansoku and she reached the final against Krasniqi as second Swiss ever. Lena Goeldi won Paris in 2007. Both Distria Krasniqi as Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosova reached the semi final. Krasniqie lost and Kelmendi beat Priscilla Gneto in quarter and Yuki Hashimoto in the semi final.

Another Mongolian lady, Sumiya Dorjsuren meets the expectations and will face Nae Udaka (JPN) U57kg. The biggest surprise was the loss of Automne Pavia as mentioned against Tsukasa Yoshida, will now meet Nora Gjakova of Kosovo, she defeated the second French Helene Receveaux confirming that the French women have a tough day. Sabrina Filzmoser surprised beating Miryam Roper smoothly. Dorjsuren reached the final against Telma Monteiro. The portuguese defeated her three times, Dorjsuren won in Astana.

U63kg Tina Trstenjak is having an ordinary day and looks stable towards the podium. Of the medal candidates Anicka Van Emden lost against World Junior Champion Miho Minei, who might touch the medals today. Dutch Juul Franssen defeated number two seed Katthrin Unterwurzacher. Yarden Gerbi had no troubles with Edwige Gwend in the quarter final with a huge hipthrow and will meet Juul Franssen. Trstenjak meets Martyna Trajdos who was able to beat Miho Minei.

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