Wang Liqin wins China Open
Beats Korea’s LEE Jung Woo in the final
ITTF Press Release
WANG Liqin is ranked number one on the current ITTF Men’s World Ranking list, he is the reigning World champion; add these two factors together and there is one conclusion to be drawn. He is the best table tennis player in the world and he proved that point in Harbin at the Panasonic China Open when he won the Men’s Singles title.
He beat Korea’s LEE Jung Woo in the final 11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8.
“He’s a young player, he’s very strong and also he has a high level of skill”, continued WANG Liqin. “Yesterday, he played outstandingly well against MA Lin, he was very good indeed; he has the qualities to be an excellent player.”
It could well be argued that LEE Jung Woo is already an excellent player but of course WANG Liqin has such high standards that the word `excellence’ only applies to those who win world title events.
Maybe, but watching MA Lin play he seems pretty severe on the first three balls after the service and WANG Liqin is more and more the complete player, an expert in every part of the game and that is why he is the World champion. “My confidence is high since winning in May at the Volkswagen 48th World Championships in Shanghai’ he continued. However, it’s not only his ability to play consistently or attack quickly after the service that is important;, there is also the mental aspect to consider.
Wise words from the man ranked number one in the world, he is the dominant player in 2005; winner of the Liebherr Qatar Open in February, the Volkswagen 48th World Championships in May, the Asian Championships in August and now the Men’s Singles tile at the Panasonic China Open 2005.
It is a quite prodigious achievement.
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