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Australian Open joy for Vladimir Samsonov

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Vladimir Samsonov is celebrating success yet again, with the Belarusian player extending his title record following a positive campaign at the 2017 Australian Open.

The 41-year-old has now picked up his 27th Men’s Singles title on the ITTF World Tour, and if his performance Down Under is anything to go by then that record could be well extended sometime down the line.

Taking on Simon Gauzy in the 2017 Australian Open Men’s Singles final, Vladimir Samsonov entered the encounter with more title match experience than his opponent from France and was the favourite to lift the trophy.

Very little could separate the two finalists in the early stages of the tie and deuce was required in the opening game before Simon Gauzy managed to edge ahead.

Remaining positive Vladimir Samsonov struck back quickly, registering victories in the second and third ends to gain the lead.

Then back-to-back wins in the fourth and fifth games completed the job for Samsonov (11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8), who leaves the Gold Coast with even more confidence in his ability.

Vladimir Samsonov vs Simon Gauzy – Highlights (2017 Australian Open)

“Before the event I had a feeling I wasn’t in good form. But after the first game and the second game I kept playing better and better”, said Samsonov.

“I think today I played fantastically. It was a great match and tough game. I’m 41 years old and I think that it’s great that I can still compete!”

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