20 May 2020

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Zhang claims the title again! (2013 Paris)

Men’s Singles: Final

It was written in the stars! What a win for Zhang Jike here at the Paris World Championships!

In what turned out to be the exact same scoreline from two years ago, Zhang won 4-2 (11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 14-12, 5-11, 11-7) to defend his title and defeated 2009 World Champion Wang again, after he also beat him in men’s singles final at London last year! It was truly a stunning show by Zhang, one which crowns him as a worthy World Champion.

It’s a tight start! (2013 Paris)

Men’s Singles: Final

Zhang Jike has taken the lead in the final, but Wang Hao is not out of it just yet, as the score reads 2-1 (11-7, 11-8, 6-11) to Zhang after three games.

Wang is keeping Zhang on his toes and it certainly is a match which can swing either way. The next two games should be crucial.

Zhang Jike is in prime form!


It’s time for the final! (2013 Paris)

Men’s Singles: Final

Welcome back to the 2013 Paris World Championships, where Zhang Jike is about to play fellow Chinese Wang Hao in the men’s singles final.

It is to be a repeat of the 2011 final, when Zhang won 4-2 against Wang Hao – it certainly will not be that easy this time, will it?

Guo & Li secure third successive title (2013 Paris)

Women’s Doubles: Final

Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia have captured the women’s doubles World Championships title for third successive time as they defeated Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen 4-1 (5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7) here in Paris. 

After winning in 2009 and 2011, now 2013 brings a third gold medal running for Guo and Li. It was a performance that showcased their confidence in this competition, as Ding and Liu found out. It was a strong end to the Paris campaign for Li separately as she won the women’s singles gold in yesterday’s action. For Ding , this was the silver medal for three consecutive occasions having previously won silver with Guo Yan in 2009 and 2011.

China reigns supreme!
Struse overcomes Yu challenge (1993 Gothenburg)

Women’s Singles: Round of 16

Germany’s Nicole Struse did very well to beat the speed of DPR Korea’s Yu Sun-bok, as she coasted to a 3-0 (21-15, 21-12, 21-13) win.

It was a good performance by Struse who was very powerful in her attack and showcased a rare sight of a European seeing off North Korean athlete at the World Championships. It needed her very best as Struse was on the backhand at most of the times when Yu pushed her to the edge – but the German was up for the challenge! 

Germany’s Nicole Struse moves on to the quarters!
Bădescu causes major ripple (1993 Gothenburg)

Women’s Singles: Round of 16

Otilia Bădescu has caused a major upset here in Gotherburg as she beat Singapore’s Jin Jung Hong in a 3-2 (21-17, 22-20, 19-21, 13-21, 21-19) win. 

Using a right hand, shake hands, short pimples both side, against Jin,who had top spin both sides this was a strange move by the Romanian which saw her style being based on more Asian than European athletes. Jin’s performances in this tournament have been spectacular as she saw off China’s Deng Yaping – 1991 champion in Chiba – in the previous round. For Bădescu, this is certainly a strong result and one she won’t forget soon. 

Otilia Bădescu sends the crowd in shock!
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