Tournaments

01 Sep 2018

A first appearance for China’s Wang Manyu, for the 19 year old it was a most successful Asian Games debut.

Gold in the Women’s Team event was followed by Mixed Doubles silver in partnership with colleague Lin Gaoyuan, before on Saturday 1st September, the concluding day of play in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Women’s Singles title was secured.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The no.2 seed, at the final hurdle she recovered from a three games to one deficit to beat compatriot, Chen Meng, the top seed (11-7, 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7) and in so doing repeated the successes of earlier this year on the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour. In both Hungary and Qatar when they had met, Wang Manyu had prevailed.

“I’m happy to win the title; it’s certainly a confidence boost for me. At three-one down, I still kept calm and never gave up; in my mind, as long as the match was not over, I had a chance to come back. It was not an easy journey for me and I would never have achieved what I have achieved today without my parents. They have done a lot for me. I think this is a good way to repay them. I hurt my back in the semi-final, so it’s important for me to recover from that and get ready for the Chinese National Championships coming up, so I won’t be celebrating this victory much.” Wang Manyu

Earlier at the semi-final stage Wang Manyu had accounted for surprise semi-finalist, Yu Mengyu, the no.14 seed, in five games (11-7, 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7); a player she had never previously encountered in a world ranking tournament.

“The first three games were relatively easy but in the fourth game, I was over confident, trying to win each point fast. After that game, my coach told me to be more patient and be firm in implementing the strategies on court.” Wang Manyu

Meanwhile, at the same stage, Chen Meng, who had been member of the Chinese team four years ago but had not competed in the Women’s Singles event, had booked her place in the final courtesy of success in opposition to Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee, the no.9 seed (11-7, 11-7, 11-6, 11-4), a player she had beaten on their only two previous international meetings. She had won when they met on the ITTF World Tour in China in 2013 and at the Grand Finals in 2015 in Lisbon.

Undoubtedly a most impressive semi-final performance from Chen Meng but the top step of the podium proved a step too high; notably in the sixth game Chen Meng was penalised for allegedly time wasting.

“I think I played well overall but Manyu played better towards the end of the match. After leading three-one, I started to play safe and certainly the penalty  in the sixth game affected me; when the level of play is so close, each point makes a big difference. Of course it’s a pity to lose in the final but I still learned a lot at this Asian Games.” Chen Meng

It is the 11th time that China has fielded the player who has secured the Asian Games Women’s Singles title; Wang Manyu is the 10th winner. The only player to win on two occasions is Zhang Li; she succeeded in 1974 in Tehran and in 1978 in Bangkok.

Furthermore, the win recorded by Wang Manyu marks the progress she has made in the past four years; in 2014 when the Games were held in Incheon she was a promising junior player. In 2013 at the World Junior Championships in Rabat she had been a Girls’ Singles bronze medallist; the following year in Shanghai she won the title.

Now she has a major title to her name: the Women’s Singles gold medallist at the Asian Games.

Latest Results

2018 Asian Games: Results – Men’s Singles (Saturday 1st September)
2018 Asian Games: Results – Women’s Singles (Saturday 1st September)

Schedule, Entries, Seeding, Earlier Results

2018 Asian Games: Results – Summary (Friday 31st August)

2018 Asian Games: Results – Mixed Doubles (Thursday 30th August)

2018 Asian Games: Men’s Team Final – Korea Republic v China (Tuesday 28th August)
2018 Asian Games: Women’s Team Final – DPR Korea v China (Tuesday 28th August)

2018 Asian Games: Women’s Team – China v Korea Republic (Tuesday 28th August)
2018 Asian Games: Women’s Team – Hong Kong v DPR Korea (Tuesday 28th August

2018 Asian Games: Men’s Team – China v Chinese Taipei (Tuesday 28th August)
2018 Asian Games: Men’s Team – Korea Republic v India (Tuesday 28th August)

2018 Asian Games: Seeding – Men’s Singles (Updated Tuesday 28th August)
2018 Asian Games: Seeding – Women’s Singles (Updated 28th August)
2018 Asian Games: Seeding – Mixed Doubles (Updated Tuesday 28th August)

2018 Asian Games: Men’s Team – China v Hong Kong (Monday 27th August)
2108 Asian Games: Men’s Team – Iran v Chinese Taipei (Monday 27th August)
2018 Asian Games: Men’s Team – Korea Republic v DPR Korea (Monday 27th August)
2108 Asian Games: Men’s Team – India v Japan (Moday 27th August)

2018 Asian Games: Women’s Team – China v Japan (Monday 27th August)
2018 Asian Games: Women’s Team – Singapore v Korea Republic (Monday 27th August)
2018 Asian Games: Women’s Team – India v Hong Kong (Monday 27th August)
2018 Asian Games: Women’s Team – Chinese Taipei v DPR Korea (Monday 27th August)

2018 Asian Games: Results – Detailed Summary (Updated Monday 27th August)

2018 Asian Games: Schedule of Play

2018 Asian Games: Entries – Overall

2018 Asian Games: Entries -Men’s Team
2018 Asian Games: Entries -Women’s Team

2018 Asian Games: Seeding – Men’s Team
2018 Asian Games: Seeding – Women’s Team

2018 Asian Games: Results – Men’s Team (Sunday 26th August)
2018 Asian Games: Results – Women’s Team (Sunday 26th August)

2018 Asian Games: Results – Detailed Summary (Updated Sunday 26th August)

 

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