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Fireworks Galore, Relive the Gold Moments of a Million Dollar Occasion

01/15/2014 GAC GROUP 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals,09 Jan 2014 - 12 Jan 2014, Dubai, UAE

A blaze of pyrotechnics brought matters to a conclusion at the US$ 1,000,000 GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Dubai, early on the evening of Sunday 12th January 2014.

The scene was appropriate. Xu Xin and Ma Long had treated the enthusiastic and appreciative crowd in the Al-Nasr Sports Centre to a display that brought gasps of incredulity from the crowd.

A level of admiration was witnessed that matched the blinks of amazement from those present in the Middle East state, who had witnessed the New Yearís Eve fireworks World record extravaganza of 479,651 shells released in a six minute show.....
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Xu Xin Retains Title to Emulate Achievement of Final Adversary

01/12/2014 GAC GROUP 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals,09 Jan 2014 - 12 Jan 2014, Dubai, UAE

The winner in December 2012 in Hangzhou, Xu Xin repeated the feat in Dubai on Sunday 12th January 2014 at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals; in so doing he become only the second player ever to claim the Menís Singles title in consecutive years.

The only other player to achieve the feat is his Chinese National Team colleague, Ma Long, the player he beat in the final in Dubai; Ma Long won the 2008 and 2009 editions of the tournament, both staged in Macau.

At the final hurdle in Dubai, Xu Xin emerged successful in a seven games duel of the highest calibre (11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 4-11, 11-5). ....
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Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia Stamp Authority, Title Secured in Style

01/12/2014 GAC GROUP 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals,09 Jan 2014 - 12 Jan 2014, Dubai, UAE

Top seeds and red hot favourites for the title, Chinaís Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia secured the Womenís Doubles title at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Dubai on the afternoon of Sunday 12th January 2014, fully justifying their exalted position in the draw.

At the final hurdle they beat Chinese Taipeiís Cheng I-Ching and Huang Yi-Hua in four straight games (11-8, 11-2, 11-1, 11-7).

It was the third time that Li Xiaoxia had won the title and the second time with Ding Ning. ....
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Ma Long and Xu Xin Road End for Kim Minseok and Fan Zhendong

01/12/2014 GAC GROUP 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals,09 Jan 2014 - 12 Jan 2014, Dubai, UAE

Currently listed in the top two places on the Menís World Rankings, the Chinese duo of Ma Long and Xu Xin emerged successful at the semi-final stage of the Menís Singles event at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Dubai on the morning of Sunday 12th January 2014.

Ma Long overpowered Koreaís Kim Minseok (11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 11-8, 12-10), before Xu Xin accounted for compatriot Fan Zhendong in five games (11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 11-8,12-10); a contest that was arguably closer than the score line may suggest.

Victory for Ma Long, a victory that was reminiscent of a match several years earlier involving Kim Minseok.....
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Top Seeds and Hangzhou Silver Medallists Negotiate Penultimate Round

01/12/2014 GAC GROUP 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals,09 Jan 2014 - 12 Jan 2014, Dubai, UAE

Chinaís Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia alongside Cheng I-Ching and Huang Yi-Hua succeeded at the semi-final stage of the Womenís Singles event at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Dubai on the morning of Sunday 12th January 2014.

Top seeds, Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia beat Koreaís Park Youngsook and Yang Haeun in four straight games (11-9, 11-4, 11 -4, 14-12), before Cheng I-Ching and Huang Yi-Hua, the runners up in Hangzhou in 2012, overcame Zhenqi Barthel and Shan Xiaona in one game more (11-8,7-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-4).

It was Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia who started the penultimate day of action.....
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Olympic and World Champions Head Star Player of the Year Awards

01/11/2014 GAC GROUP 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals,09 Jan 2014 - 12 Jan 2014, Dubai, UAE

Zhang Jike emerged as the dominant name at the inaugural 2013 ITTF Star Awards driven by GAC Motors.

He secured two acclamations being voted Male Star Player of the Year and the Fansí Male Player of the Year.

The event was held at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai on Saturday 11th January 2014; the evening of the third day of play at the US$ 1,000,000 GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals.
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Sensational Final, Gao Ning and Li Hu Retain Menís Doubles Title

01/11/2014 GAC GROUP 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals,09 Jan 2014 - 12 Jan 2014, Dubai, UAE

Winners in Hangzhou in December 2012, Singaporeís Gao Ning and Li Hu retained their Menís Doubles title by emerging successful at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals on the evening of Saturday 11th January 2014.

They beat the Chinese Taipei partnership of Chiang Hung-Chieh and Huang Sheng-Sheng in a dramatic seven games final (6-11, 12-10, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9) to become only the second pair since the Grand Finals were inaugurated in 1996 to achieve the feat of succeeding in consecutive years.....
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