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Wang Chuqin competes in the men’s singles final at the WTT Cup in Xinxiang, central China’s Henan Province, Oct. 30, 2022. Photo: VCG

China’s Wang Chuqin beat Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto 4-2 in the men’s singles final of the World Table Tennis Cup (WTT) final to claim the title on Sunday in Xinxiang, central Henan province. of China), media reported.

The pair faced off in the men’s semi-finals of the World Table Tennis Team Championships in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province, in early October. Wang lost to Harimoto 3-1. Sunday night’s meeting became the rematch for Wang.

Harimoto got into his good form faster than Wang and won the first game 11-8, but Wang responded with three straight wins in the following games 11-8, 11-9 and 11-8 respectively. He adapted to Harimoto’s aggressive style of play, letting him start punching and then getting the better of Harimoto.

Game 5 began with a 3-0 lead by Harimoto, but Wang once again brought the competition back into balance, point by point. The score kept jumping from draw to draw until it reached 8-8. Harimoto then led a 3-0 run to win that game and get the game in Game 6.

This time, Wang took the initiative to attack first, taking his opponent by surprise. Harimoto only started to find his footing after leading 6-3. He scored two runs to cut the deficit to one, but it was the closest he’s ever gotten in that game. Wang kept changing his punching lines and always maintained a two-point lead. After the score reached 9-7 for Wang, Harimoto made two errors in a row, losing the match and watching Wang lift the championship trophy.

In the women’s singles final, China’s Sun Yingsha beat compatriot Chen Meng 4-3 to claim the title on Sunday, media reported.

Sun Yingsha competes in the women's singles final match at the WTT Cup in Xinxiang on October 30, 2022. Photo: VCG

Sun Yingsha competes in the women’s singles final match at the WTT Cup in Xinxiang on October 30, 2022. Photo: VCG

The top two athletes in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Rankings, Sun (No. 1) and Chen (No. 2), had a close game at home on Sunday night. Chen took an early lead by winning the opener 11-4, but Sun responded quickly to tie the game 1-1 with the same score.

Game 3 came much closer as it went 7-7. Sun then scored three straight key plays to win the game 11-8. The two continued to be locked together in Game 4 as they tied 5-5 at 10-10. Sun again seized the opportunity with a forehand to score first, then won this game 12-10 on Chen’s error.

After allowing Sun to reach the match point first, Chen faced the competition calmly. She first won Game 5 11-6, then overcame a four-point deficit (8-4) to earn game points in Game 6. Although Sun managed to tie the score 10-10, Chen found a breach with a backhand forehand and won this game to tie the game 3-3.

Sun again established an early 6-2 lead in the final game. Although Chen was resilient enough to reduce their deficit to two points twice (8-6 and 10-8) and even equalize at 10-10, Sun finished the competition with a powerful forehand, adding another trophy of championship on its honor list.

On Saturday, world No. 1 Sun won 11-6, 11-4, 4-11, 14-12, 11-6 over compatriot and world No. 4 Wang Yidi, Xinhua News Agency reported. .

Ma Long opened his encounter against Wang in lackluster fashion, losing three straight 11-7, 11-5, 11-5. The 34-year-old Grand Slam winner managed to pull off three games with 11-9, 11-7, 13-11 but failed to turn things around in the 11-8 loss, suffering a another loss to Wang only eight days. after the quarter-finals of the WTT Champions Macau.


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