Tournaments

04 Jun 2017

Xu Xin and Fan Zhendong are the Men's Doubles champions at the Liebherr 2017 World Table Tennis Championships.

by Wade Townsend

Xu Xin and Fan Zhendong defeated the number one seeds Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima 4-1 to win the Men’s Doubles title in Düsseldorf.

Morizono and Oshima had their chances with multiple game points in the second and fourth game,  but were unable to convert any of them. They also narrowly lost the first and the third games 11-9.

Fan Zhendong, Xu Xin and coach Wang Hao took to the court after the match with a Chinese flag in hand.

“This is my first time winning gold in doubles. I’m very happy and lucky to be here.” Fan Zhendong

For Xu Xin winning the title was a matter of duty.

“As soon as I won against my own teammates I knew I just had to go for gold and win for my country.” Xu Xin

The Japanese duo had multiple chances to push the game deeper. (Photo: Rémy Gros)

 

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