Tournaments

24 Jun 2017

It applies to all, there are no exceptions. The truly greats lose, then they come back stronger; irrespective of the quite staggering array of titles won, that is one reason why we can consider Ding Ning one of the truly greats, not only of table tennis but of sport.

At the quarter-final stage of the Women’s Singles event at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Platinum China Open in Chengdu, on the morning of Saturday 24th June, the top seed, she beat Japan’s Miu Hirano, the no.7 seed, in five games (11-2, 11-4, 11-5, 6-11, 12-10).

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

It is now the second time that Ding Ning has beaten Miu Hirano since her loss at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF Asian Championships in Wuxi just over two months; she beat Miu Hirano at the semi-final stage at the recent Liebherr 2017 World Championships in Düsseldorf.

Notably the win recorded by Ding Ning was very much in the same vein as the success secured in Düsseldorf; in the German city she had also won in five games (11-4, 11-8, 11-5, 5-11, 11-5).

However, in the immediate ensuing quarter-final contest, the Düsseldorf decision was reversed.

At the quarter-final stage of the Women’s Singles event at the Liebherr 2017 World Championships, Chen Meng had experienced a six games defeat (17-15, 8-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 11-4) at the hands of Chinese national team colleague, Zhu Yuling; in Chengdu, the decision was reversed.

Chen Meng, the no.5 seed, beat Zhu Yuling, the no.3 seed, in a full distance duel that concluded with a strangely one sided decided game (7-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 14-12, 7-11, 11-1).

Ding Ning now meets Chen Meng in the semi-finals; the match is scheduled for later today at 6.30pm (local time).

World Tour 2017 Seamaster China Open Ding Ning Zhu Yuling Chen Meng Miu Hirano
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