Saki Shibata emerges victorious at 2017 Belgium Open

(Photo: ITTF)

Japan’s Saki Shibata has won her second Women’s Singles trophy at an ITTF event with her successful outing at the 2017 Belgium Open in De Haan.

Victorious on the ITTF World Tour at the 2016 Belarus Open, Saki Shibata has now collected her first ITTF Challenge Series Women’s Singles gold medal.

Polina Mikhailova provided the opposition in the final of the event staged in De Haan and entered the title match off the back of impressive wins against the second and third seeds Honoka Hashimoto and Yui Hamamoto.

However, the Russian player couldn’t replicate those performances in the final as Saki Shibata recovered from a game down to lift the trophy (11-13, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8).

“This title is really important for my career. Previously I won one Challenger tournament, this is the second. I hope to win a major tournament in the near future. My goal is to be in the top ten next year. I like Belgium; I might come back next year to defend my title.” – Saki Shibata.

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