19 May 2020

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Li Xiaoxia is World champion!!! (Paris 2013)

Women’s Singles: Final

The wait is over, Li Xiaoxia has finally added the World Championships women’s singles title to her collection after successfully seeing off Liu Shiwen 4-2 in a fantastic final (11-8, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10, 6-11, 13-11). Crowned Olympic champion last year in London, now Li has achieved another of the sport’s highest feats on European soil. Congratulations to the new champion of the world!

One hand on the trophy for Li (Paris 2013)

Women’s Singles: Final

Runner-up in 2007 and 2011, Li Xiaoxia is closing in on lifting the trophy at the third attempt after sailing into a commanding lead in the 2013 final.

Just one game away from dreamland, it looks as though Li already has one hand on the trophy although she still has to convert. As for Liu Shiwen, the dynamic 22-year-old is giving it her all but is in a tough spot. Spectators have been treated to an exciting contest so far and there’s still time for plenty more drama.

Li Xiaoxia vs Liu Shiwen for women’s singles glory (Paris 2013)

Here we go, it’s time for the main event of the day as two of China’s finest go head-to-head for women’s singles gold. It’s Li Xiaoxia vs Liu Shiwen – who will reach the top step of the podium here in Paris?

End of the road for impressive Matsudaira (2013 Paris)

Men’s Singles: Quarter-final

Young Xu Xin was very effective with his pen-hold style of play as he eliminated the tournament’s surprise package in Kenta Matsudaira.

The Japanese has far outperformed expectations by reaching the quarter-finals and with the Chinese Xu’s 4-2 (11-8, 9-11, 6-11, 14-12, 11-5, 11-8) win coming with  clear hints that this was a lot closer than it seems. Still, the 40th seed Matsudaira can hold his head high as we all look forward to his next big adventure! 

Almost perfect, but not enough by Matsudaira
All youth affair leads to all-China in the final!(2013 Paris)

Women’s Doubles: Semi-finals

Four exciting young athletes were involved in a thrilling semi-final here at the Paris World Championships, as Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen moved on to the finals after seeing off the immense talent of Chen Meng and Zhu Yuling. 

In a truly crazy match which went right down to the wire, these Chinese stars have surely played out an epic match which twisted and turned at every invitation. The score read 4-3 (11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 10-12, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9) in the favor of Ding and Liu, but at no point would you have been able to give a finite conclusion or prediction – and that is highest credit that can be given to these four!

In-form Feng and Yu unable to make final (2013 Paris)

Women’s Doubles: Semi-finals

Singapore’s Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu were unable to count on their good form in these World Championships as they were eliminated in the penultimate match before the finals, by China’s Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia. 

Securing a 4-2 (10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 9-11, 11-8) win, Guo and Li have now guaranteed gold for China, after a brave effort from Feng and Yu got them so far. There was a moment of hope for the Singaporean duo when they secured the first game, but the strong showing by Guo and Li washed any hopes away fast.

Brave effort, but not enough.


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