by Ian Marshall, Editor
Entitled “Fighting till the last drop of blood”, the event involved six pairs; the world ranking of the male player determining the seeding.
Thus Xu Xin and Sun Yingsha, Fan Zhendong and Gu Yuting alongside Ma Long and Ding Ning formed the seeded pairs.
The next three pairs were drawn at random: Lin Gaoyuan and Wang Manyu, Yu Ziyang and Gu Yuting, Liang Jingkun and Chen Meng.
Straight knock-out comprised the first stage; the three winning pairs progressing to a round robin event to decide the winner.
Matches in the first stage were best of seven games, in the second stage best of five games.
Ma Long / Ding Ning bt Lin Gaoyuan / Wang Manyu 11-7, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7
Fan Zhendong / Gu Yuting bt Yu Ziyang / Gu Yuting 11-6, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5
Xu Xin / Sun Yingsha bt Liang Jingkun / Chen Meng 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6, 11-4
Fan Zhendong / Gu Yuting bt Ma Long / Ding Ning 14-12, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5
Xu Xin / Sun Yingsha bt Ma Long / Ding Ning 11-9, 11-8, 11-8
Xu Xin / Sun Yingsha bt Fan Zhendong / Gu Yuting 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9
The mixed doubles event concluded, attention now turns to the men’s singles and women’s singles competitions.
Schedule of Play – Thursday 2nd January
1.00pm MS Fan Zhendong v Zhang Yudong
1.00pm MS Chen Xingtong v He Zhuojia
2.00pm WS Sun Yingsha v Gu Yuting
2.00pm MS Zhao Zihao v Zhou Qihao
3.00pm WS Ding Ning v Zhang Rui
3.00pm MS Lin Gaoyuan v Ma Te
7.00pm MS Ma Long v Xue Fei
7.00pm WS Zhu Yuling v Qian Tianyi
8.00pm WS Chen Meng v Liu Fei
8.00pm MS Liang Jingkun v Zhou Kai
9.00pm MS Xu Xin v Xu Chenhao
9.00pm WS Wang Manyu v Wang Yidi