28 Aug 2017

Eight titles on offer in the Women’s Singles events at the 2017 Asian Para Championships in Beijing; when proceedings concluded in the individual events on Monday 28th August; gold medals adorned the necks of no less than six host nation representatives.

The exceptions were in Class 5 and in Class 11 where Korea’s Jung Younga and Japan’s Kanami Furukawa emerged as the respective champions.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Success for Jung Younga was as expected, she was the top seed; in a group organised all-play-all event, she beat Japan’s Kimie Bessho in the title deciding contest (11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8); third place finished in the hands of Chinese Taipei’s Hsiao Shu-Chin.

However, the success gained by Kanami Furukawa was somewhat unexpected. Not listed amongst the leading names, she ended the hopes of Hong Kong. At the semi-final stage she beat Ng Mui Wui, the top seed (11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 10-12, 11-9), prior to overcoming Wong Pui Kei in the final (11-7, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8).

Otherwise, it was success after success for China with Zhang Miao and Wang Rui being the players to upset the ranked order.

In Class 4, after accounting for India’s Bhavina Patel (11-4, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7), Zhang Miao, the no.2 seed, overcame colleague Zhou Ying, the top seed, by the very narrowest of margins (11-8, 14-16, 12-10, 9-11, 12-10) to claim gold.

Similarly, in Class 6-7; places in the final booked the previous day, Wang Rui, the no.2 seed, accounted for Korea’s Kim Seongok, the top seed (12-10, 11-9, 10-12, 11-6) to arrest the title.

Mild surprises but not in the remaining categories, status prevailed.

Xue Juan emerged as the Class 1-3 champion beating Korea’s Yoon Jiyu, the no.3 seed in the semi-finals (11-2, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6), before in the title deciding contest accounting for colleague Yang Zhonghui (12-14, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6).

Likewise in Class 8, already through to the final, Mao Jingdian overcame compatriot Yu Hailian Churen (11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5) and thus repeated the success of one day earlier in group stage. On that occasion Mao Jingdian had won rather more comfortably (11-4, 11-9, 11-6).

Impressive from Mao Jingdian, it was the same from Xiong Guiyan in Class 9 and from Zhao Xiaojing in Class 10. Places in the final booked the previous day, Xiong Guiyan beat Korea’s Kim Kunhea (11-7, 11-6, 11-7) to claim the top prize; after accounting for Japan’s Nozomi Takeuchi (11-5, 11-8, 11-3), Zhao Xiaojing reserved the top step of the podium by overcoming Chinese Taipei’s Tian Shiau-Wen (11-8, 14-12, 10-12, 5-11, 11-8).

“It was tough; every match I played was not that easy. The players from other countries are very competitive. My opponent in the final has experience and proven ability; whether one performs well depends largely on mentality. I changed the way of serving and receiving service during the game to avoid exposing my weaknesses. I was really nervous before the match but it got better later. One needs to adjust his or her state of mind during a match.” Zhao Xiaojing

The individual events concluded; attention now turns to the team competitions; play concludes on Wednesday 30th August.

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