09 Oct 2018

The first titles decided in the Women’s Singles events at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia; on Monday 8th October it was success for China and Hong Kong, for the former in the guise of Xue Juan and Zhou Ying, for latter thanks to the efforts of Ng Miu Wui.

Success for Xue Juan meant that she added to her victory at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, for Zhou Ying, she retained the title won four years earlier in Incheon; meanwhile for Ng Miu Wui, she maintained stately honour.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Competing in Class 1-3, at the final hurdle Xue Juan, the top seed, accounted for colleague Li Qian, the no.2 seed (7-11, 11-5, 21-19, 11-1), after at the semi-final stage having ended the hopes of Korea Republic’s Lee Migyu (11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7), the player who in Incheon four years earlier had won the Class 3 title.

Impressive from Xue Juan, it was the very same from Zhou Ying in Class 4; similarly the top seed, at the semi-final stage she beat Thailand’s Wijittra Jaion, the no.3 seed (11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 17-15), prior to securing the title at the final expense of Chinese Taipei’s in-form Lu Pi-Chun (11-5, 11-8, 11-2). Earlier in the penultimate round, Lu Pi-Chun, not seeded, had beaten China’s Zhang Miao, the no.2 seed, by the very narrowest of margins in a five games contest (11-5, 11-8, 11-2).

A close call for Lu Pi-Chun; in the Class 11 final, it was a close call for Ng Mui Wui. The no.2 seed, at the final hurdle, she accounted for the host nation’s Ana Widyasari, the top seed (11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 15-13, 11-5): the player who one round earlier had ended the hopes of Wong Ka Man, the no.3 seed and defending champion (7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-2).

The remaining finals in the Women’s Singles events will be staged on Tuesday 9th October.

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