China sweeps four golds at TT World Tour China Open

Chengdu (China), Sep 18 (IANS) Chinese table tennis players re-stated their dominance as they claimed all four crowns at the ITTF World Tour China Open here on Sunday.

China has accomplished the feat as world No.2 Fan Zhendong eliminated Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong 4-2 in men’s singles semi-final. Newly crowned Olympic champion Ma Long defeated London Olympics gold medallist Zhang Jike through seven games in an eye-catching rematch of the final in Rio, reports Xinhua.

Fan swept Ma in four games in Sunday’s final, an encounter between the top two seeds of the tournament. Fan revenged his 0-4 loss to Ma in 2015 World Cup.

The women’s singles title went to another new Olympic champion and Grand Slam winner Ding Ning, as she beat the toughest opponent and world No.1 Liu Shiwen 4-2, repeating her success over Liu at the 2015 World Championship finale, where she overcame the ankle injury to go through seven games.

After the two players shared the opening four games, Ding took the next two at 12-10 and 11-8 to seal the win.

China also secured two doubles titles as four pairs advanced into both finals a day earlier. Fans favourite Ma Long and Zhang Jike beat Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin 11-8, 5-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-5 to claim the men’s doubles title.

In women’s doubles final, Chen Meng and Zhu Yuling shocked Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen 4-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-5.

–IANS

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