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Hong Pair Reverses Previous Week’s Decision for First ITTF Pro Tour Gold
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Tie Yana (front) and Jiang Huajun, the 2008 Chile Open Women's Doubles champions  Photo By: Cristian Larrain

4/27/2008        2008 Chile Open (Click here to access this section)

Jiang Huajun and Tie Yana won their first career title as a partnership on the ITTF Pro Tour when they succeeded in the final of the Women’s Doubles event at the Chile Open in Santiago on Sunday 27th April 2008.

At the final hurdle they overcame Singapore’s Li JIa Wei and Sun Bei Bei, thus gaining revenge on the previous week’s decision when they had lost to the Singaporeans at the semi-final stage in Belo Horizonte.

The Hong Kong duo won 11-9, 13-15, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5

Second Time
It was only the second time on the ITTF Pro Tour that the two pairs had met and the history of their meetings was just like waiting for the proverbial London bus. You wait and wait and wait; then two come along at the same time. It is the same for the Singaporeans and the duo from Hong Kong.

The one and only previous meeting was at the recent Brazil Open in Belo Horizonte when Li Jia Wei and Sun Bei Bei won in five games at the semi-final stage before losing to the Koreans, Kim Kyung Ah and Park Mi Young in the final.

Severe Lesson
The first two games saw short rallies, brief points; both pairs well aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses; the first game went to Hong Kong, the second to Singapore.

It was cat and mouse table tennis if such a thing exists.

The strength of the Hong Kong partnership is that they both have very strong backhands but they are very different.

Jiang Huajun is powerful using the short pimples, Tie Yana exerts the spin and if you compare the two young ladies with the rest of the world, then few have better backhands.

The first two games were shared, the Hong Kong duo won the third but in a close third game the Singaporeans led 9-8; realising the importance of the situation, Li Guodong, the Singapore coach called “Time Out”.

It was a shrewd move, they won the next two points and it was parity.

Fifth Game
In the fifth game, the duo from Hong Kong made the better start; they moved ahead 7-3 and surrendered just two more points to move three games to two ahead.

Now more confident and positive, they established a 9-4 lead in the sixth game; it was a commanding lead; they won the next point, lost the next two; coach Li Huifen called “Time Out”.

It was a shrewd move, a fast backhand from Tie Yana ended matters; Jiang Huajun and Tie Yana had secured gold.



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