15 May 2020

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 Complete drama in a high-intensity battle!(Paris 2013)

Women’s Doubles: Round One

What a contest we have just witnessed here in Paris! Guan Mengyuan and Ng Wing Nam have been engaged in what can only be described as a seven game thriller alongside Charlotte Carey and Naomi Owen in the opening round of the women’s doubles event.

After having taken a 3-0 lead over their Welsh opponents, one could have been forgiven if you decided to call it a day and changed the channel. But was that a mistake or what! Carey and Owen recovered to draw level at 3-3 with a stunning show of force and grit in their shot making. The crowd was overjoyed with their recovery, but it seemed to have taken their all as they could  not complete the comeback, and their opposite Hong Kong duo managed to secure a 4-3 (11-8, 11-8, 11-4, 5-11, 13-15, 9-11, 11-8) win.

Guan Mengyuan and Ng Wing Nam in a classic!
Another shock as Mizutani exits! (Paris 2013)

Men’s Singles: Round One

It’s a day for shocks as Jun Mizutani has followed his Japanese colleague Ai Fukuhara out of the World Championships here in Paris, curtsy Pavel Sirucek – another qualifier!

The ninth seed Mizutani was beaten 4-2 (6-11, 11-5, 4-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-8) by the Czech Republic athlete, who despite losing the first game, did not lose his mettle or his confidence. It was instead a very steely display by the young European against what was surely one of the favorites for the latter stages of the competition!

Qualifier Park eliminates Olympian! (Paris 2013)

Women’s Singles: Round One

Qualifier Park Seunghye has successfully defeated the Japanese Ai Fukuhara in a stunning match here at the 2013 World Table Tennis Championships in Paris.

Winning 4-2 (4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 3-11, 11-8, 11-6), Park took the 10th seed head on with no fear at all – which was visible with her strong shots across the table. It is amazing to note that Fukuhara was the women’s singles quarter-finalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games, and the Korea Republic athlete showed no signs of being waved by that!

Ai Fukuhara is eliminated! (Photo by Remy Gros)
Zhang Jike is World champion!!! (Rotterdam 2011)

Men’s Singles: Final

He has done it! Zhang Jike sees his name go up in lights with an outstanding 4-2 victory over Wang Hao in the 2011 World Championships men’s singles final.

Trailing 3-2 on the games scorecard, Wang does incredibly well to recover from 10-5 down in game six to draw level at 10-10. Wang saves another match point before going on to hold a game point opportunity himself, however, Zhang doesn’t slip up and eventually emerges as champion for the first time (12-10, 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 11-5, 14-12).

Zhang Jike wins the men’s singles gold!
Anything you can do… (Rotterdam 2011)

Men’s Singles: Final

Four games played and we’re still none the wiser as to who will lift the trophy here in Rotterdam!

A narrow but important opening game win, Zhang Jike soon doubles his advantage to heap even more pressure on defending champion Wang Hao. However, Wang ups the pace and manages to undo the damage. Both players continue to be locked in intense battle – it’s 2-2 here.

Who will be crowned men’s singles champion? (Rotterdam 2011)

We’re down to the final two competitors in the race for men’s singles glory as Wang Hao looks to defend his crown – can Zhang Jike take it away from him? Stay tuned to find out.

Repeat outcome, Guo and Li defend title (Rotterdam 2011)

Women’s Doubles: Final

Just as it was two years earlier in Yokohama, Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia rightfully take their place at the summit of the women’s doubles podium in Rotterdam following yet another successful World Championships campaign as a pairing.

Meeting Ding Ning and Guo Yan in a repeat head-to-head from the 2009 final, the overall outcome was the same with Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia storming to a emphatic 4-0 victory (11-8, 11-5, 13-11, 11-8).

Li Xiaoxia (pictured) and partner Guo Yue champions yet again
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