Tournaments

16 Jun 2019

China’s Xu Xin and Sun Yingsha won the respective men’s singles and women’s singles titles at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum Lion Japan Open in Sapporo on Sunday 16th June.

Thus both China and Xu Xin completed a clean sweep of titles; the previous day Xu Xu Xin had partnered Zhu Yuling to mixed doubles gold, on the concluding day he joined forces with Fan Zhendong to claim the men’s doubles title.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In addition Chen Meng and Liu Shiwen were crowned men’s doubles champions.

Men’s Singles

…………After accounting for colleague Fan Zhendong, the top seed (5-11, 11-4, 11-7, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-3), Xu Xin beat Chinese Taipei’s 17 year old Lin Yun-Ju, the no.16 seed (11-9, 14-12, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8) to secure the title.

…………In the counterpart semi-final Lin Yun-Ju accounted for China’s Sun Wen (6-11, 11-2, 11-4, 11-9, 11-4.

…………It was for Xu Xin his 15th ITTF World Tour men’s singles title in 26 final appearances; for Lin Yun-Ju and Sun Wen, it was his first ever such semi-final appearance.

Women’s Singles

…………Required to qualify, Sun Yingsha overcame Liu Shiwen, the no.4 seed (11-4, 11-9, 4-11, 6-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-3), after having recorded a semi-final win in opposition to Chen Meng (5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 14-12, 11-6).

…………Success meant Sun Yingsha secured the second ITTF World Tour women’s singles title of her career and repeated the feat of two years ago; in 2017 in Tokyo, she had also started her journey in the qualification tournament and had emerged successful.

…………For Liu Shiwen it was 29th appearance in an ITTF World Tour women’s singles final, the 16th time she has finished the runner up.

Men’s Doubles

…………Crowned World champions in 2017 in Düsseldorf, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin, the no.6 seeds, secured the title at the final expense of German qualifiers Benedikt Duda and Qiu Dang (12-10, 11-9, 11-7).

………… It was for Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin their fourth ITTF World Tour men’s doubles title as a partnership in six finals; for Benedikt Duda and Qiu Dang as a pairing, their first ever such venture.

Women’s Doubles

…………Chen Meng and Liu Shiwen, the no.5 seeds, beat Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu to clinch gold (11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9).

…………For both, as pairs, it was only their second appearance in an ITTF World Tour women’s doubles final; previously Chen Meng and Liu Shiwen had won in 2015 in Chengdu, Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu earlier this year in Doha.

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