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Singapore Smiles as Li Jia Wei and Sun Bei Bei Extend Lead
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor


Sun Bei (front) and Li Jia Wei, the Women's Doubles champions in Singapore  Photo By: Rayman Chin

6/8/2008        2008 TMS Open - Singapore (Click here to access this section)

Success came the way of the host nation at the Singapore Open on Sunday 8th June 2008 when Li JIa Wei and Sun Bei captured the Women’s Doubles crown beating Korea’s Lee Eun Hee and Moon Hyun Jung at the final hurdle.

The Singaporeans won in five games succeeding 11-8, 12-10, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6.

It was the first ITTF Pro Tour Women’s Doubles title of the year for Li Jia Wei and Sun Bei Bei, in 2008 the models of consistency.

Prior to the TMS Singapore Open they occupied top spot on the ITTF Pro Tour Women’s Doubles Standings; now they have cemented that position.

Fourth Final
In the Toa Payoh Centre it was the fourth time in 2008 that they have reached the final of a Women’s Doubles event on the ITTF Pro Tour and to their great pleasure it broke a sequence of being so near yet so far.

In Kuwait, Brazil and Chile they had been the runners up, whilst in Qatar they were losing quarter-finalists.

Victory on home soil was well received by the duo and by their supporters.

Third Title
Success in Singapore was the third ITTF Pro Tour Women’s Doubles title of their careers; in 2006 they won consecutive crowns succeeding at the Eurosib Russian Open in St Petersburg and at the Liebherr German Open Bayreuth.

Elusive
Meanwhile, for Lee Eun Hee and Moon Hyun Jung an ITTF Pro Tour Women’s Doubles title still proves elusive; the performance in Singapore being only the second time they have progressed beyond the opening round.

The one previous occasion came in 2006 in Jeonju at the Volkswagen Open Korea when reached the final losing to Hong Kong’s Tie Yana and Zhang Rui in five games.

Revenge
In Singapore, they lost in five games after beating Li Jia Wei and Sun Bei Bei at the quarter-final stage in seven games; the duel being their one and only previous meeting on the ITTF Pro Tour.

A quarter-final success, Lee Eun Hee and Moon Hyun Jung proceeded to book their place in the final by showing their skills against defensive play. They overcame compatriots Kim Bok Rae and Kyung Ah in straight games in their semi-final encounter.

DEefenders
In Singapore, they also demonstrated the fact that they were very much at home against compatriot defenders with Kim Kyung Ah suffering once again; this time in the quarters with Park Mi Young.

Victory over the top seeds at the TMS Singapore Open in the round of the lasdt eight paird but not against the second seeds, Li Jia Wei and Sun Bei, they prevailed to be crowned champions and thus gave the home fans cause for celebration; it was all smiles in Singapore.
 

   

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