Fan Zhendong and Wang Chuqin have been crowned as the champions of the Men’s Doubles for the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals 2023. Before lifting the prestigious Iran Cup Men’s Doubles trophy, the Chinese pair had to overcome a slow start before chalking up three games without response against Republic of Korea counterparts Jang Woojin and Lim Jonghoon (13-11, 11-6, 11-5).
Jang and Lim had the upper hand going into the first game, racing to a 7-3 lead, but eventually succumbed to the top seeds. The Korean pair had narrowly missed out on the title at the 2021 World Championships Finals in Houston and could not one up their performance in the current instalment.
Fan and Wang have now successfully wrested the Men’s Doubles title back for China after Mattias Falck and Kristian Karlsson’s surprise title success for Sweden in 2021.
On their win, Wang Chuqin said, “I felt that Fan Zhendong and I played very well in the Men’s Doubles final. In the first set, we had a nice comeback after a very difficult situation. At this World Championships, Fan Zhendong and I have gradually found our own style in cooperating with each other and I could feel our understanding and communication improve with each game.”
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