Chen Qi successful in Sheffield
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2011 English Open - ITTF Pro Tour
ITTF Pro Tour: English Open
Sheffield: Saturday 29th January 2011
Seventh Heaven for Chen Qi and Ding Ning
Chinaís 26 year old CHEN Qi and 20 year old DING Ning won the Menís and Womenís Singles titles respectively at the English Open in Sheffield on Sunday 30th January 2011, on a day when seemingly seven was the lucky number.
Both occupied the seventh seeded place in the draw and both overcame higher rated adversaries on the concluding day of play, a day which saw only Chinese players in action.-30-
At the semi-final stage of the Menís Singles event CHEN Qi beat WANG Liqin, the no.4 seed and three times Menís Singles World champion, before overcoming Ma Lin, the no.3 seed and reigning Olympic champion in the final.
Meanwhile, DING Ning ousted LI Xiaoxia, the no.6 seed in the semi-finals before overcoming the defending champion and top seed, GUO Yan, in the final.
In the semi-finals of the Menís Singles event MA Lin had beaten WANG Hao, the no.1 seed and reigning World champion; whilst at the same stage of the Womenís Singles competition GUO Yan had overcome LIU Shiwen, the no.4 seed.
The victory for CHEN Qi, who had not been selected for the Chinese Menís Team at the 2010 LIEBHERR World Team Championships in Moscow, was a return form and his first Menís Singles title on the ITTF Pro Tour since 2007, when he won in consecutive weeks in Russia and Austria.
Overall it was his fourth, he won his first ITTF Pro Tour Menís Singles crown in Japan in 2004; as for DING Ning it was her second career ITTF Pro Tour Womenís Singles title, her previous was in 2009 at the Salwa Cup Kuwait Open.
Success for DING Ning in the Womenís Singles event but in the Womenís Doubles competition she had to settle for runners up spot; partnering LI Xiaoxia and seeded no.1, the pair lost to the second seeds, GUO Yan and GUO Yue in the final.
Similarly for MA Lin, he had to settle for a doubles silver medal; in harness with WANG Hao and seeded no.3, the pair suffered in the final against second seeds XU Xin and ZHANG Jike.
MA Lin (CHN) bt WANG Hao (CHN) 6-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 13-15, 11-5
CHEN Qi (CHN) bt WANG Liqin (CHN) 11-13, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 4-11, 12-10
CHEN Qi (CHN) bt MA Lin (CHN) 11-5, 11-4, 11-13, 14-12, 11-4
GUO Yan (CHN) bt LIU Shiwen (CHN) 11-9, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10
DING Ning (CHN) bt LI Xiaoxia (CHN) 12-10, 10-12, 12-10, 11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 11-7
DING Ning (CHN) bt GUO Yan (CHN) 11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7
XU Xin / ZHANG Jike (CHN) bt MA Lin / WANG Hao (CHN) 11-7, 11-2, 14-12, 11-1
GUO Yan / GUO Yue (CHN) bt DING Ning / LI Xiaoxia (CHN) 6-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9, 11-2
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