02 Sep 2018

Titles for the host nation’s Fan Lei, Xue Juan, Zhang Bian and Zhou Ying earlier in the tournament in the Women’s Singles events; on the concluding day of play, Sunday 2nd September, at the 2018 China Para Open in Beijing, all added the their collections.

All enjoyed Women’s Team success.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Xue Juan partnered Li Qian to gold in Class 3; Zhang Bian and Zhou Ying joined forces to secure the top prize in Class 4-5.

Both were wins as anticipated, the pairs started proceedings as the top seeds; however, the top step of the podium secured by Fan Lei was not necessarily to be anticipated. Joining forces with Zhao Xiaojing, the Class 10 title was clinched in a group organised event; a competition where the duo commenced matters as the lowest rated pairing.

They finished ahead of the combination formed by Chinese Taipei’s Lin Tzu-Yu, Nigeria’s Faith Obazuaye and Vietnam’s Viet Thi Kim Van; compatriots Hou Chunxiao and Kong Wenjie, the top seeds, concluded matters in third place.

Success contrary to expectations for Fan Lei and Zhao Xiaojing; in Class 11, it was the same for Japan’s Sayuri Miao and Kanami Furakawa. In a group organised competition, they secured first place, ahead of the combination formed by Ukraine’s Natalya Kosmina, the winner of the Class 11 Women’ Singles title, and Lea Ferney of France. Third place was the lot of Macao’s Mok Niu Yan and Choi Nok Lo.

Two winners contrary to status, in the remaining Women’s Team events, the outcome was as anticipated.

China’s Xiong Guiyan, Liu Meng and Li Guiying claimed gold in Class 8-9; the previous day Wang Rui, likewise from China, had joined forces with Russia’s Maliak Alieva and Japan’s Keiko Fujimoto to clinch the Class 6-7 crown.

Play in Beijing concluded, attention now turns to Ostrava; the Czech Para Open will be staged from Thursday 20th September to Saturday 22nd September.

2018 China Para Open: Full Results

Paralympics Para Table Tennis ZHANG Bian XUE Juan Zhou Ying Fan Lei