10 events concluded play on the first day of the St. Louis Open, including but not limited to the highly anticipated US citizen only “Elite Event”. Joey Cochran (2399) took home that title with some amazing upsets in the semi-finals and finals. Joey plans to use the prize money to pay off his student loans and fund future trips to other tournaments. In addition to grabbing the title for the “Elite Event”, Joey also won the Hardbat Singles event making him only one of two double-event winners on Saturday (the other double event winner was Kenny Lee who won both the U800 and U1000).
The Over-40 final event featured two players with very distinctive styles who gave spectators at the Vetta Tennis Center some great table tennis play. Thor Truelson (2126), the number 4 seed in the event, won the title over Leidy Handoko (2103) the number six seed. Thor plays with short pips on the backhand, and uses them in a unique blocking style to confuse his opponents. Leidy, who has a distinctive defensive style with long pips on one side, beat the number one seed Parviz Mojavarian (2259) in the semi-finals in a tight 3-2 match. The final became a match of adjustment and experience as both players fought to take home the Over-40 title.
Austin Preiss (2288), top seed in the U2300 event, duly took home that title with a convincing 3-0 win over Olivier Mader (2155) who upset many players on his way to the final. Austin had faced Olivier earlier in the “Elite Singles” event, and had eked out a win 3-2. The second time they met, Austin was ready to face the unique tempo changes that Olivier is well known for and took the match easily.
Full results of all 10 events will be posted on the Butterfly website as well as the results page of the OmniPong website.