|Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
|Singapore Pairings Win both Doubles Titles at the Indian Open in New Delhi |
||Singapore captured both the Womenís Doubles and the Menís Doubles titles at the Indian Open in New Delhi on Sunday 11th February 2007.|
Sun Bei Bei and Yu Meng Yu clinched the Womenís Doubles crown beating Indiaís Madhurika Patkar and Vishakha Bijoy in the final whilst Gao Ning and Yang Zi overcame their compatriots, Cai Xiao Li and Ma Liang to capture gold.
Gao Ning and Yang Zi won 11-9, 11-9, 11-5, 10-12, 7-11, 11-5 whilst Sun Bei Bei and Yu Meng Yu succeeded 6-11. 11-6, 11-1, 11-7, 13-11.
|Sun Bei Bei and Yu Meng Yu won their first ITTF Pro Tour Women's Doubles title as a pairing|
|Test of Character
The victory of Sun Bei Bei and Yu Meng Yu was a test of character. Both Singapore players were feeling unwell owing to stomach upsets.
Yu Meng Yu especially was suffering; earlier in the day she had been forced to withdraw from the Womenís Singles event and somehow managed to put bat on ball in the Womenís Doubles final.
After losing the first game, there was some doubt as to whether Yu Meng Yu would be able to complete the match; in the second game she was finding it difficult to even remain standing. Somehow she drew on her reserves of willpower and a `comfort breakí in the third game when she left the arena certainly helped her find new reserves of energy; from that point onwards the Singapore duo assumed command.
It was a first ever Womenís Doubles title on the ITTF Pro Tour for Sun Bei Bei and Yu Meng Yu as a partnership and their second in international competition. In 2006 they won the Womenís Doubles title at the Australian Open.
Meanwhile for Gao Ning and Yang Zi it was success at last.
In 2006 they reached the quarter-final stage of the Menís Doubles event at the Volkswagen Open Korea, the TMS Chinese Taipei Open and the Panasonic China Open before excelling at the end of the year when they reached the final at the Eurosib St Petersburg Open and Liebherr German Open.
The duo qualified for the Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals but the top step of the medal podium at the end of the tournament was always denied.
In New Delhi, that elusive step was climbed, the combination of the right handed Gao Ning and the left handed Yang Zi, both shakehands grip players had a title to their credit.
They were the Menís Doubles champions at the Indian Open in 2007.