Lin Gaoyuan and Tomokazu Harimoto react
Gold and silver medalists Lin Gaoyuan and Tomokazu Harimoto speak following their fierce clash:
“For sure I am happy to win, this was a very tough match but I am well prepared. Playing in Hong Kong does feel like half a home court to me, it certainly helped with those fans rooting for me during the match. Despite winning the title, I still have a lot of shortcomings that I would like to improve on and play even better in the upcoming tournaments.” Lin Gaoyuan
“I think I played okay today but I could not quite hold my nerve in the fifth game. I knew that it is important to take the fifth game, but perhaps I think too much. I did not win at the China Open and Hong Kong Open, so I obviously want to achieve it next week in Japan.” Tomokau Harimoto
Lin Gaoyuan gets his revenge
Men’s Singles: Final
Stopped by Tomokazu Harimoto at the final hurdle of the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Grand Final, fast forward six month and China’s Lin Gaoyuan has avenged that defeat with a six games victory over the Japanese teenager in Hong Kong (11-3, 7-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7).
The crucial moment came in game five as Lin Gaoyuan recovered from 6-8 down to win the game 11-9. With momentum on his side the top seed held off another brave attempt from Tomokazu Harimoto in game six, winning the match with a fortunate net shot to claim his second singles title of the year.
Stunning display lands first title for Wang Yidi
Women’s Singles: Final
Wang Yidi has collected her first women’s singles title on the international stage following a fantastic display against Mima Ito in the final.
Both players took to the table with one aim: to out attack the other, leading to several eye-catching points for spectators to enjoy. Up against the odds but Chinese qualifier Wang Yidi had already claimed big scalps in Hong Kong and she added another to the list in the final, beating second seed Mima Ito by a thunderous 4-0 score-line (11-3, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6).
Mima Ito vs Wang Yidi
Next up is the much anticipated women’s singles final as Japan’s Mima Ito takes on China’s Wang Yidi for glory – Are you ready?
Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan react
Here’s what Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan had to say following their men’s doubles win:
“I think we played really well. We had paired with each other for a few times already. I think our cooperation today was good and that was the key to us winning. We are going to take part in the Japan Open next and our aim will be to win again.” Liang Jingkun
“The third game was very important in the match, we just decided to give it a go in deuce because taking the third game would certainly benefit us in the match.” Lin Gaoyuan
Seeding upset as Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan prevail
Men’s Doubles: Final
The men’s doubles title has also been awarded to China with Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan reserving the top step of the podium.
Fifth seeds Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan fought back from a game down to see off the no.5 seeded duo from Korea Republic, Jang Woojin and Lim Jonghoon across four games (6-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-8). This marks the Chinese players’ first gold medal success as a pair on the ITTF World Tour.
Chen Ke and Mu Zi react
Here’s what newly crowned women’s doubles champions had to say:
“I have learnt a lot from my partnership with Mu Zi. She is older than me and hence more experienced. I often felt like being led by a big sister at times.” Chen Ke
“I think we played alright today and our opponents did not really perform at their usual standards. After conceding the first game the coach told us to calm down a little bit because we were a bit too nervous in the opening game. I like playing in Hong Kong, this was my third trip here. I lost in the opening round the last time so I am very happy to win the title here.” Mu Zi
Down but Chinese pair fight back to secure title
Women’s Doubles: Final
China’s Chen Ke and Mu Zi, seeded seventh, have been crowned women’s doubles champions in Hong Kong, lifting their first trophy as a pair in the process.
Facing no.4 seeds Jeon Jihee and Yoo Eunchong at the final hurdle it was the combination from Korea Republic that struck first, narrowly taking the opening game to move ahead. However, Chen Ke and Mu Zi produced the perfect response, winning three games on the bounce to claim gold (9-11, 11-1, 11-4, 11-5).
Schedule (local time)
2.00 pm: women’s doubles final
2.50 pm: men’s doubles final
4.00 pm: women’s singles final
5.00 pm: men’s singles final