30 Aug 2017

Top seeds in five of the six categories in the Women’s Team events at the 2016 Asian Para Championships in Beijing but for the host nation it was to be four titles; there was one surprise.

In Class 4-5, Zhou Ying. who at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games when in harness with Zhang Bian and Gu Gai, had struck gold in the same category, had to settle for silver in her country’s capital city.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Partnering Gu Xiaodan and Zhang Miao, who two days earlier had won Women’s Singles Class 4, in a group organised all-play-all event, the trio finished in second place behind the Korean outfit formed led by Jung Younga, the Women’s Singles Class 5 winner.

Supported Kang Oejeong and Kim Mee Rang, in the decisive fixture, with both teams hitherto unbeaten, the Koreans recorded a two matches to one success to seal the title.

“Today was very difficult, I was a little bit nervous before the match; our opponents were good players; to win the doubles with Jung Younga was vital.” Kang Oejeong

Success for Korea and to some extent it was revenge; at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, competing in the same category, Kang Oejeong and Jung Younga had finished in the bronze medal position. At the semi-final stage they had experienced defeat at the hands of China’s Gu Gai and Zhang Bian.

A surprise but not in the remaining Women’s Team events.

Xue Jian, the Women’s Singles Class 1-3 winner, allied with Li Qian and Yang Zhonghui to emerge successful in the same category in the Team event; a situation that also applied to Chinese colleague, Wang Rui.

Winner of Women’s Singles Class 6-7, she joined forces with Yu Hailian and Mao Jingdian the Women’s Singles Class 8 champion, to secure the Team Class 6-8 title.

Gold for China, it was the very same in Class 9-10, where the trio formed by Xiong Guiyan, Zhao Xiaojing and Hou Chunxiao, justified their top seeded position to end proceedings and thus reserve the top step of the podium. Notably for Xiong Guiyan, it was her second title of the tournament. Earlier she had won Women’s Singles Class 9.

Meanwhile in the one remaining event it was gold for Hong Kong; Ng Myui Wui, Wong Ka Man and Wong Pui Kei emerged as the Team Class 11 champions.

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