21 Jul 2019

Talent unquestioned but in the company of planet earth's greatest players an outsider, having never secured an ITTF World Tour men’s singles title, Chinese Taipei’s 17 year old Lin Yun-Ju emerged the surprise winner at the T2 Diamond tournament in Joho Bahru on Sunday 21st July.

At the final hurdle he beat China’s Fan Zhendong, the player who for the first six months of the year occupied top spot on the world rankings; the win came after the latter’s colleague Zhu Yuling had secured the women’s singles title at the expense of compatriot Wang Manyu.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Meanwhile for China’s Xu Xin and Ding Ning it was third place.

Men’s Singles

…………Lin Yun-Ju booked his place in the final by beating Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting (11-9, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7).

…………In the final Lin Yin-Ju overcame Fan Zhendong, the fifth game an eye-opener (11-7, 11-4, 8-11, 11-5, 5-0).

…………Both wins for Lin Yun-Ju were reversals of the most recent meetings; at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum China Open, Lin Yun-Ju had lost to Wong Chun Ting, earlier in the year at the ITTF-Asian Cup in Yokohama, he had been beaten by Fan Zhendong.

…………The remarkable unbeaten run of Xu Xin, which had started on Friday 14th June at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum Japan Open, came to an end; at the semi-final stage he lost to Fan Zhendong (11-6, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8).

…………Xu Xin overcame Wong Chun Ting to secure third place (6-11, 11-6, 11-3, 7-11, 11-8, 5-2).

Women’s Singles

…………Zhu Yuling ended a bleak run, having suffered earlier than expected exits at recent Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour tournaments, she accounted for Wang Manyu (11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 5-2) to secure the title.

…………At the semi-final stage Zhu Yuling ended the progress of Japan’s 20 year old Miyu Kato (11-6, 11-3, 11-7, 11-6).

…………Wang Manyu reacted to the shorter game; she overcame Ding Ning in the penultimate round (8-11, 11-6, 3-11, 11-7, 4-5, 5-2, 5-2).

…………Impressively, Wang Manyu has now won all four meetings against Ding Ning in international tournaments.

…………Ding Ning accounted for Miyu Kato (11-3, 11-6, 11-9, 11-6) to reserve third place.

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