Polish Open: Ma Lin wins Men's Final
Polish Open Review
Guo Yue will have to wait
Warsaw, Poland, 16 November 2002. Though GUO Yue (CHN) is only 14 she already has won her first Pro Tour title – in doubles. A title in singles for sure will come as well, but she will have to wait a little bit more.
In the other semi-final LIN Ling (HKG) had no chance against Chinese ZHANG Yining. ZHANG took control immediately and she kept LIN totally out of the match. ZHANG won 4-0.
Schlager beat World Champion
Warsaw, Poland, 16 November 2002. Werner SCHLAGER (AUT) seems to know how to play World Champion WANG Liqin (CHN). At the World Cup last year SCHLAGER had several match points against WANG, but the Austrian lost.
The decision came when WANG was missing his own service to give SCHLAGER his first match point. SCHLAGER took it to win 12-10 and go to the final.
“WANG saw that I moved to attack his service with my forehand and he wanted to make it short – he made it too short. A service mistake is always welcome, but of course at 10-10 it is even more welcome”, says a smiling SCHLAGER.
“Yes, last years World Cup match was in my mind, but the difference was that this time luckily I took my first match point”.
Young German Timo BOLL did not at all look like a World Cup winner in the other semi-final in Men’s Singles. Against MA Lin he could not live up to the standard he showed at the World Cup in China few weeks ago.
The first 3 games was a table tennis lesson, and BOLL was the pupil. The German had difficulties with returning MA’s service – and then you don’t have a chance. Ma’s forehand was just killing everything.
Finally in the 4th game, BOLL got on the road, and he had two match points at 10-8. MA however evened to 10-10, but after one more try, BOLL took the game.
In the 5th game MA was back on top. The game was more even, but still BOLL did not come close.
The final between MA Lin and Werner SCHLAGER will be played on Sunday afternoon.
Poland got a title
Warsaw, Poland, 16 November 2002. The Polish got one title at the Polish Open – in Men’s Singles Under 21 Jakub KOSOWSKI made his way through to the final, and against Aleksandr DIDUKH (UKR) he never left any doubt. The title was supposed to stay in Poland.
KOSOWSKI took the lead 3-0 and though every game was close, the Polish came out on top with a 4-1 victory winning the last game 11-9.
Doubles all Chinese
Warsaw, Poland, 16 November 2002. The doubles finals at the Polish Open were a “Chinese party” but especially the two Men’s Doubles pairs showed excellent table tennis.
Another title to Zhang
Warsaw, Poland, 16 November 2002. GUO Yan (CHN) lost the Women’s Singles Final but she earned herself a ticket to the Pro Tour Grand Finals in Stockholm, Sweden in December.
ZHANG however is still nr. 2 in the World and in the following games she used her extra gear to play with a speed that GUO could not follow. ZHANG evened to 3-3.
In the 7th however GUO had got used to the speed and ZHANG made more mistakes. They went together to 8-8 before GUO got herself two match points at 10-8. ZHANG survived the first one with an edge ball and the second with a good 3rd ball attack. That took out the air of GUO. ZHANG took the next two points to win the title.
Ma was best – and lucky
Warsaw, Poland, 16 November 2002. Werner SCHLAGER (AUT) sensationally beat the World Champion WANG Liqin (CHN) in the semi-finals in Men’s Singles but the current nr. 1 on the World Ranking he could not overcome.
That doesn’t change the fact however that MA was the best player in the final. He was moving fast to use his forehand top spin and SCHLAGER could never really control the game.
In the 4th game SCHLAGER took the lead 8-5. Then he missed a high ball, and with two excellent services from MA Lin the game was back to square, 8-8. At 10-9 MA Lin won his first match point to take the Polish title and 15.000 US Dollars.
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