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Savcor Finnish Open 2019
30 Jan - 03 Feb, Mikkeli, Finland, $5k

Äijänen new Finnish Open Champion

Miko Äijänen took his second career victory today in Mikkeli by beating topseed Ahsan Ayaz from Pakistan by three games to one.

Äijänen seemed very nervous in the first game and his shots came to the middle of court giving Ayaz many stokes and the game went to Ayaz in 7 minutes. Äijänen started the second game more focused and the shots found there targets.

The third game started evenly but in the middle of the game Ayaz somehow seemed to loose his control. The game was by far not over and Ayaz changed his gameplay in the fourth and took a 8-2 lead. Äijänen did not panic and took point after point and tied the score at 9-9 and took the game and match 11-9.

"Physically I felt good and I believed I could win. Ahsan hit very good shots but I new he would get tired if I keep the rallies long" said the Finnish Open Champion after the match.


Finnish Open 2019
30 Jan - 03 Feb, Mikkeli, Finland, $5k
Round One
30 Jan 
Round Two
31 Jan
01 Feb
02 Feb
03 Feb
Curtis Malik (Eng)
8/11, 11/4, 11/9, 11/8
Valeriy Fedoruk (Ukr)
[1] Ahsan Ayaz (Pak)
11/6, 11/9, 15/13 (35m)
Curtis Malik
[1] Ahsan Ayaz

11/7 11/4 11/5 (28m)

Sergio Garcia Pollan
[1] Ahsan Ayaz

11/8 9/11 5/11 11/6 11/6 (61m)

[5] Yuri Farnetti

[1] Ahsan Ayaz

2/11, 11/8, 11/6, 11/9 (52m)

[3] Miko Aijanen
Jaakko Vahamaa (Fin)
Sergio Garcia Pollan (Esp)
[7] Oliviero Ventrice (Ita)
12/10, 9/11, 11/8, 11/9 (67m)
Sergio Garcia Pollan
Vladislav Titov (Rus)
8/11, 13/11, 11/8, 11/6
Atte Stengard (Fin)
[5] Yuri Farnetti (Ita)
11/7, 11/6, 11/5 (29m)
Vladislav Titov
[5] Yuri Farnetti

4/11, 11/5, 11/8, 12/14, 11/8 (65m)

[4] Zeeshan Khan
Bart Wijnhoven (Ned)
11/7, 11/8, 11/5
Ludovico Cipolletta (Ita)
[4] Zeeshan Khan (Swe)
14/12, 11/7, 4/11, 8/11, 11/9 (55m)
Ludovico Cipolletta
Fynn Schuck (Ger)
11/3, 11/1, 11/6
Jack Turney (Eng)
Jack Turney
11/3, 11/6, 11/6 (41m)
[3] Miko Aijanen (Fin)
[3] Miko Aijanen

11/9, 11/5, 11/7 (35m)

[6] Martin Kegel
[3] Miko Aijanen

 6/11 11/5 11/7 11/7 (60m)

Elliott Morris Devred

Michael Babra (Swe)
12/10, 1/11, 11/6, 11/6
Samuli Niskala (Fin)
Samuli Niskala
 11/5, 11/6, 13/11 (28mP
[6] Martin Kegel (Cro)
Ville Karsikas (Fin)
11/9, 5/11, 11/7, 11/3
Erik Jakbobsen (Swe)
Ville Karsikas
10/12, 7/11, 11/2, 12/10, 11/4 (61m)
[8] Joseph White (Aus)
[8] Joseph White

11/5 11/1 11/9 (32

Elliott Morris Devred
Elliott Morris Devred (Wal)
8/11, 7/11, 11/1, 11/4, 13/11
Joel Jaume Izcara (Esp)
Elliott Morris Devred
11/7, 1/0 rtd (12m)
[2] Jami Aijanen (Fin)
Äijänen to meet top seed

Ahsan Ayaz and Miko Äijänen will play for the Finnish Open Championship on Sunday in Mikkeli. Both matches were of a good standard and they could have gone both ways.

The two winners were sharper in the deciding moments and that seemed to make the difference. Both matches had a lot of decisions and arguments which somewhat influenced the standard of the matches.

Äijänen through to the semis

The last surviving Finn Miko Äijänen keeps the local hopes alive by beating Martin Kegel from Croatia in straight games.

“Today it felt a bit difficult for some reason. My shots were short and I made too many mistakes. Tomorrow is a new day and I will try to play better”, said Äijänen after the match.

The upsets to the seedings were Yuri Farnet’s victory over Zeeshan Khan in five games and Elliott Morris Devred’s victory over Joseph White.


Round Two:
Three out of four Finns out

3rd seed Miko Äijänen was the only Finn to make it to the Finnish Open quarter finals in Mikkeli.

2nd seed Jami Äijänen was not at his best and had to throw in the towel at the beginning of the second game.

Wild card Ville Karsikas played one of his best matches ever and had two match ball in the fourt game against 8th seed Joseph White.

The fourth Finn Samuli Niskala fought well and had game ball in the third game. Had he managed nobody knows what could have happened after that.

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