02 Jun 2019

Commanding performances, competing on home soil, Ma Long and Chen Meng won the respective men’s singles and women’s singles titles at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum China Open in Shenzhen on Sunday 2nd June.

A brave teenage challenge was thwarted but the efforts of Tomokazu Harimoto and Mima Ito, are a portent for the future.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Titles hard earned in the strongest field ever assembled for an ITTF World Tour tournament.

Men’s Singles

…………Ma Long, the no.11 seed, beat Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, the no.4 seed (14-16, 16-14, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7), before overcoming colleague, Lin Gaoyuan, the no.2 seed (12-10, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4) to retain the title.

…………A 28th ITTF World Tour men’s singles title for Ma Long, he surpasses the record of Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus with whom he stood level before play began.

…………Another record, he won the China title for the eighth time, clear of colleague Wang Liqin who prevailed on six occasions.

Women’s Singles

…………Chen Meng, the no.2 seed, beat defending champion, colleague Wang Mangyu, the no.4 seed (11-3, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7) to secure the title, having at the semi-final stage beaten compatriot Zhu Yuling, the no.2 seed (18-16, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9).

…………At the semi-final stage Wang Manyu had ended the progress of Mima Ito, the no.7 seed (12-10, 12-10, 5-11, 11-7, 11-6.

…………It was for Chen Meng her 11th career ITTF World Tour women’s singles title

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