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Sheer Class, Qian Lian and Wu Xue Crowned Women’s Doubles Champions


Qian Lian & Wu Xue the winners of the Women's Doubles title in Cartagena

Wu Xue and Qian Lian added a third title to the Dominican Republic collection in the table tennis events at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena da Indias, when they won the Women’s Doubles title on Thursday 27th July 2005.

Two days earlier they had been the crucial member of the team that had secured the Women’s Doubles title whilst less than an hour earlier, Wu Xue had partnered Lin Ju to victory in the Mixed Doubles event.

In the final of the Women’s Doubles they were dominant from start to finish. They won in straight games beating Fabiola Ramos and Ruaida Ezzeddine of Venezuela 11-5, 11-7, 11-5.

The skills of Wu Xue to create the opening for Qian Lian to topspin from either wing proved absolutely crucial. It was the amount of topspin from Qian Lian that forced errors time and again from the Venezuelans.

The duo from the Dominican Republic attacked first and when a rally developed they maintained a controlled attack to win the duel.

Clever Changes
Furthermore, the clever changes in the degrees of spin on the service from the Dominican Republic pair added to the problems experienced by Fabiola Ramos and Ruaida Ezzeddine.

Fabiola Ramos exerts outstanding control over a table tennis ball but the chances for her to use her undoubted skills were kept to a minimum. Trying to control the variety of topspin attacks from Wu Xue and Qian Lian was a difficult task. The Venezuelans were forced into a passive role.

“The spin from Qian Lian caused us tremendous problems”, said a very philosophical Fabiola Ramos. “She’s so good at top spinning the ball and every time they were the first to attack.” Fabiola Ramos is very shrewd, she analyses quickly and she has the potential to an outstanding coach; of that fact I’m sure.

“It’s been good partnering Fabiola said Ruaida Ezzeddine. “She has so much experience, she really helps me and when she plays with sidespin the ball rarely comes back!” It was for Ruaida Ezzeddine something of a new experience and it was the first time they had ever been women’s doubles partners.

Meanwhile, as in the Mixed Doubles, control was the key to the success for the Dominican Republic. “Wu Xue has really good control, she creates the angles and that gives me time to spin the ball”, said Qian Lian. “It helps that I’m right handed and she’s left handed, it gives us space to play.”

The classic combination and it bore fruit. “I think the fact that I’m a left hander and she’s aright hander also helps when we move close and back”, said Wu Xue. “It enables us to switch positions easily.”

Movement is a key factor in table tennis and the movement of Wu Xue and Qian Lian was an object lesson for the connoisseur. Furthermore, they clearly have a good understanding. “I play quietly”, said Wu Xue. “She topspins well; also, we are good friends, we communicate easily.”

In Cartagena da Indias on Thursday 27th July 2007 communication was fast, they were in total harmony; they became the Women’s Doubles champions, Central American Games 2006.

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