06 May 2020

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China beat Germany in style (Halmstad 2018)

Men’s Teams: Final

It was cruise control for Team China as they beat Team Germany 3-0 overall in the men’s team final here at the 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Halmstad, Sweden. This makes it their 21st men’s team title at the World Championships.

We all played very well today. This win is a credit to all our hard work, and our entire team, including all our coaches and staff. We are very happy inside our hearts to again be World Champions, especially beating such a tough German team led by Timo BOLL. I am now focusing on the qualification path to Tokyo 2020 where I want to defend my title.” Ma Long

Losing just the one game against the European Champions, Team China had Ma Long, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin to thank as all three recorded wins over Timo Boll (11-4, 11-8, 11-3), Filus Ruwen (11-4, 11-5, 11-4) and Patrick Franziska (9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-5) respectively. The injury to Dimitrij Ovtcharov one hour prior to the match did not help the Germans, who will have to settle for silver after an impressive tournament.

Wang wins second Championship title! (Shanghai 2005)

Men’s Singles: Final

China’s Wang Liqin has successfully beaten fellow countryman Ma Lin in a brilliant 4-2 (11-9, 3-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7) win, that had the crowd gasping at every point. After starting well, Wang was pushed back by Ma in two games, where one could be forgiven to think his recovery was not going to happen. But Wang pulled himself together to make his opponent pay for not finishing off the tie and securing a comeback gold medal.

This makes it the second men’s singles World Championship title for Wang, as his compatriot Ma settles for what is the second runner-up spot after he achieved the same feat in 1999 behind Liu Guoliang on that occasion.

Wang Liqin, once again World champion.
Legends clash in the upcoming men’s singles final (Shanghai 2005)

It’s all heating up here in Shanghai as we have Ma Lin facing off against Chinese teammate Wang Liqin in the men’s singles’ final. Will Ma get his third title or will Wang manage to sneak in his second?

Wang and Zhang claim historic gold!(Shanghai 2005)

Women’s Doubles: Final

Wow! What a pair this is! China’s Wang Nan and Zhang Yining have just beaten their compatriots Guo Yue and Niu Jianfeng to record what has been a fourth consecutive women’s doubles gold for Wang Nan!

In their 4-1 (11-4, 11-5, 10-12, 11-9, 11-5) win, Wang and Zhang repeated the outcome of the 2003 World Championships’ final, and they were as good as they were back then. Despite the best efforts of Guo and Niu, the intensive play on the counter by Wang and Zhang was just too hot to handle!

Wang Nan records a fourth consecutive women’s doubles gold!
Wang Liqin does it!!! (Osaka 2001)

Men’s Singles: Final

A new name has been added to the St. Bride Vase following the presentation of the 2001 World Championships men’s singles trophy to Wang Liqin.

Trailing Kong Linghui by a 0-1 deficit in the final, Wang found his rhythm in game two and never looked back (11-21, 21-11, 21-16, 21-13). Success in Osaka means Wang becomes the 12th men’s singles champion from China, joining Kong on the illustrious list of World champions.

Wang Liqin wins!
All-China affair in Osaka (Osaka 2001)

We have another men’s singles final for you, this time from Osaka as 1995 World champion Kong Linghui faces off against fellow Chinese countryman Wang Liqin for the 2001 World Championships title.

Sweet revenge it is, Jörgen Persson is World champion!!! (Chiba 1991)

Men’s Singles: Final

Jörgen Persson has laid the ghosts of Dortmund 1989 to rest here in Chiba, claiming victory over the man who bested him two years earlier and good friend Jan-Ove Waldner.

While the full five-game distance was required in Dortmund, Persson only needed the three to see off Waldner in Chiba but having said that all three games were close with Waldner within a three point margin in each (21-19, 21-18, 21-18).

Jörgen Persson is elated with the win! (Photo: the late Zdenko Uzorinac)
Repeat or revenge? (Chiba 1991)

Next up we head to 1991 as two of Sweden’s biggest names meet face-to-face for the World Championships crown in Chiba. A repeat of the 1989 final in Dortmund, Jan-Ove Waldner beat Jörgen Persson to the title on that occasion – will it be the same outcome in Chiba or will it be revenge for Persson?

Japan celebrates as Seiji Ono strikes gold! (Pyongyang 1979)

Men’s Singles: Final

Talk about drama! Seiji Ono, ranked no.18 in the world, has defied the odds to become men’s singles World champion in Pyongyang with a sensational display against Guo Yuehua (25-23, 21-17, 18-21, 3-0).

Seiji Ono wins gold!

A tight contest in the early stages of the match, both players really gave it their best with a spot at the top of the podium awaiting the winner. Down by two games Guo was struck by grave misfortune at 18-18, pulling a muscle in his leg and was forced to take a medical time out. Incredibly Guo collected the following three points to win the game. However, just three points into game four and the pain became too much to handle for Guo, offering his hand to Ono. The match was over.

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