08 May 2020

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Gold goes to hosts (Tianjin 1995)

Women’s Team: Final

The home crowd goes wild as Team China secures women’s team gold in Tianjin.

Meeting Korea Republic in the title decider, China posts another impressive display to claim a commanding 3-0 victory. China has now lifted the trophy for a whopping 11th time, three times more than closest challengers Japan on eight.

China vs Korea Republic for the title (Tianjin 1995)

Women’s Team: Final

Here we go, it’s time for the women’s team final here in Tianjin as hosts China take on Korea Republic for the gold medal spot.

Cao wins the gold in style! (1983 Tokyo)

Women’s Singles: Final

Cao Yanhua has effectively etched her name as one of the finest ever to play and win the World Championships after that performance! The penholder was simply too good for Yang Young Ja with her excellent serves and fast forehand allowing for her to use the smooth reversed rubber using one side of the racket only.

Winning 3-1 (21-9, 10-21, 21-9, 21-13), this was only the second game she dropped in this campaign, with the previous one in the quarter-final against facing Ni Xialian. This makes it the first gold medal in the women’s singles at the World Championships for Cao, after she finished as the runner-up in 1981.

Cao Yanhua drops just two games on her way to gold
It’s time for the final! (1983 Tokyo)

Women’s Singles: Final

Welcome to the women’s singles final here at the 1983 World Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Japan!

The athletes are here and we are ready to go! This will certainly be an engaging contest between China’s Cao Yanhua and the sensation from the semi-finals, Yang Young Ja from Korea Republic.

Yang produces magic in the semis! (1983 Tokyo)

Women’s Singles: Semi-finals

Yang Young Ja has secured a win in what will surely be one of the best matches ever at the World Championships!

The Korea Republic athlete sensationalized the crowd as she recovered from 0-2 down against China’s Huang Jungun to win in a five game contest like no other (19-21, 21-23, 21-16, 21-19, 23-21). Huang was left stunned in a match she was certain was going her way, even in the fifth game where she got so close to clinching the win, but Yang completely stole it away at the end! 

Guo continues his defending run (1983 Tokyo)

Men’s Singles: Quarter-finals

Guo Yuehua, the defending World Champion, has just seen off his Chinese compatriot, Fan Changmao in a 3-1 win (21-17, 22-20, 16-21, 21-10).

Guo was immensely determined in his shots and clearly wanted to avoid a long drawn out match against Fan – as was evident by his short rallies and quick counters. Fan won the third game but it was too late to recover, and Guo made sure there was no comeback on the horizon.

Guo Yuehua back in the semi-finals!
Jiang clinches Chinese domestic (1983 Tokyo)

Men’s Singles: Quarter-finals

What a battle we have just witnessed here at the World Championships in Tokyo! Jiang Jialiang has come back flying into this quarter-final and in some style, playing his Chinese teammate Chen Xinhua.

Despite losing the first game, Jiang was unfazed in his form of attack and managed to keep pushing on beyond the defensive tactics of Chen. Winning 3-2 (21-23, 21-15, 21-23, 21-19, 21-17), Jiang has really marathoned his way into the semi finals! 

Jiang Jialiang, the victor!
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