18 Jun 2017

Against the odds, Sun Yingsha, who had been required to compete in the two day qualification tournament, won the Women’s Singles title at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Platinum Lion Japan Open in Tokyo on the afternoon of Sunday 18th June.

In an all Chinese final she recovered from a three games to one deficit to beat Chen Meng, the no.2 seed in a dramatic contest (9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8) and thus added a second title to her name; the previous day she had won the Women's Doubles event in partnership with colleague, Chen Xingtong.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Once again, as in the semi-final earlier in the day, Sun Yingsha appeared most comfortable on the main stage.

Considering that it was her first ever appearance on the ITTF World Tour, her one previous noteworthy international final being at the 2016 China Junior and Cadet Open, when losing to colleague Qian Tianyi, it was a quite remarkable performance.

The first two games were shared. both determined by the minimal two point margin; Sun Yingsha performed a brave recovery in the first game before maintaining a narrow lead in the second.

Chen Meng, deliberate on her service action won the third and fourth games; Sun Yingsha, keeping her composure secured the fifth game. Tension was mounting, in the sixth game Sun Yingsha went ahead 9-7, Chen Meng levelled at 9-all but the next two points went to Sung Yingsha, a seventh game beckoned.

At the change of ends in the decider, Sun Yingsha led 5-3, she extended the lead to 6-3, Chen Meng called “Time Out”. Sun Yingsha moved ahead 8-4, before at 10-7 she held three match points; the first match point was saved, not the second, Sun Yingsha had caused a sensation.

“I’m excited about winning this, especially having to come back from three-one down at the start. It have never crossed my mind that I could win both the Women’s Singles and Women’s Doubles gold here in Tokyo. I think because it’s my senior event, so I have no pressure or mental burden on myself. I was just playing my best for each & every match.” Sun Yingsha

It was for Chen Meng, her eighth ITTF World Tour Women’s Singles title, her second runners up spot; she was not able to repeat the feat of 2015 when she had won in Kobe, nor earlier this year when succeeding in Qatar.

Conversely, it was for Sun Yingsha success at the first attempt; sensational.

World Tour 2017 Seamaster Japan Open Chen Meng Sun Yingsha

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