30 May 2020

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Top seeds exit at first hurdle (Düsseldorf 2017)

Women’s Doubles: Round of 64

Can you believe it!? Top seeds Georgina Pota and Matilda Ekholm have been eliminated in round one of women’s doubles proceedings here at the Messe Düsseldorf in a crazy start to the competition.

The Hungarian/Swedish partnership were big contenders for a medal finish heading into the event but it is Ukraine’s Tetyana Bilenko and Belarus’ Viktoria Pavlovich that are left smiling in round one, beating Pota and Ekholm 4-2 (4-11, 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 13-11)!

Defeat but great scenes of fair play from Crisan and Ionescu (Düsseldorf 2017)

Men’s Doubles: Round of 64

What a roller coaster ride of emotions here in round one of the men’s doubles competition in Düsseldorf as Denmark’s Jonathan Groth and Germany’s Patrick Franziska edge through their opening fixture.

Groth and Franziska were given an almighty scare by Adrian Crisan and Ovidiu Ionescu: locked at 13-13 in the deciding game, Crisan and Ionescu are awarded the point by the officials but Groth is adamant that Crisan’s service has landed the wrong side of the white line. Eventually, after talking out the matter on court, Ionescu heads over to the umpires scores and flips the score in Groth and Franziska’s favour. The Danish and German pair ultimately claim the win (10-12, 4-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 15-13) but a huge round of applause goes out from the crowd to Crisan and Ionescu for their display of sportsmanship.

Adrian Crisan and Ovidiu Ionescu show great sportsmanship (Photo: Rémy Gros)
Five in a row for China! (Moscow 2010)

Men’s Team: Final

China has done it again! Another men’s team title for the Asian giants, coming away as 3-1 victors over Germany. Zhang Jike put China ahead for the first time in the final with his convincing display against Christian Suss only for Ma Lin to best Timo Boll, sealing a fifth consecutive men’s team gold and a 17th overall for China!

Ma Lin brace helps China to yet another men’s team gold (Photo: An Sungho)
Tight start (Moscow 2010)

Men’s Team: Final

Spectators remain on the edge of their seats two fixtures into the men’s team final with Germany and China locked at 1-1 on the scoreboard after a tight start here.

There were early celebrations for the European outfit as Timo Boll contributed a fantastic five-game win over Ma Long in the match opener, but it doesn’t take long for China to level the scores with Ma Lin proving too strong for Dimitrij Ovtcharov. Nothing between the two sides so far – which team will capture gold in Moscow?

One down, one to go (Moscow 2010)

Men’s Team: Final

Now that we’ve had some time to calm down following that sensational women’s team affair it is now time to turn our attention to the final match of the 2010 World Team Championships as Germany takes on China for the men’s team crown.

Historic day as Singapore crowned champions!!! (Moscow 2010)

Women’s Team: Final

Incredible scenes here as Feng Tianwei topples Liu Shiwen 3-2 to confirm Singapore as women’s team champion of the world for the first time in the history of the World Team Championships! Runners-up to China two years ago in Guangzhou, it’s a case of sweet, sweet revenge for Singapore while China suffers its first defeat in the category this side of the millennium.

Congratulations to Team Singapore on a most historic of occasions!
China up against the ropes! (Moscow 2010)

Women’s Team: Final

Who saw this one coming!? 17-times champion China is on the cusp of a shock defeat and could well be forced to settle for silver for the first time since 1991 with opponent Singapore holding an incredible 2-1 lead here.

Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu both emerge successful in the opening two fixtures, stunning Ding Ning 3-2 and Liu Shiwen 3-1 respectively. Looking for a way back into the match, stalwart Guo Yan’s win against Sun Beibei is welcomed greatly by China but it is still advantage Singapore. Can China pull this one back?

Feng Tianwei puts Singapore in front – can the team pull off a most incredible result here?
First gold medal contest of the day (Moscow 2010)

Women’s Team: Final

Excitement continues to build at the Olympic Indoor Arena here in Moscow with the women’s team final set to get underway shortly. It’s China vs Singapore – which side will leave the Russian capital with gold?

Liu Shiwen and Team China feeling pumped ahead of women’s team final
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