Ma Lin wins Singapore Open
Yet Again Chuan Chih-Yuan is the Runner Up
Chinaís Ma Lin won the Menís Singles event at the Volkswagen Open Singapore on Sunday 10th September 2006 and thus made it three wins in a row on the ITTF Pro Tour.
In the last three ITTF Pro Tour tournaments in which he has competed Ma Lin has won the Menís Singles title. At the Salwa Cup Kuwait Open in February he beat colleague Chen Qi in the final, at the Volkswagen Open China in June, he gained gold at the expense of Wang Liqin and in Singapore he maintained the momentum.
He beat Chinese Taipeiís Chuan Chih-Yuan at the final hurdle in a contest that ebbed and flowed with the crowd thoroughly engrossed in the duel. Ma Lin won 6-11, 11-13, 11-2, 11-9, 12-14, 11-9, 11-5.
Eight out of Ten
The two wins for Chuan Chih-Yuan came in March 2002 in the semi-final of the Menís Singles event at the Qatar Open and at the same stage of the Netherlands Open in October 2002. Other than those two occasions, Ma Lin has always prevailed and of the last six meetings, he has won all six.
Wang Liqin heads the menís list with twenty-two Menís Singles title.
Chuan Chih-Yuan has now reached eight Menís Singles finals on the ITTF Pro Tour during his career; he has only won one of them. The victory came in Rio de Janeiro in 2003 when he beat Swedenís Jens Lundqvist at the final hurdle to clinch the title; otherwise his has always been the best man, not the groom.
ďI think I was too conservative towards the end of the matchĒ, he said. ďI know I was aggressive at the start, I guess I switched off mentally without knowing, I feel fine, I lost but I think I played well today, next time Iíll just have to try harder!Ē
Nevertheless, Ma Lin prevailed. ďItís not easy playing in a final, itís a difficult taskĒ, he continued. ďI didnít feel too good today but I didnít lose my confidence, I knew my strengths and at the end everything worked out right.Ē
It did and Ma Lin was the champion, he had succeeded and he brought down the curtain on a very successful tournament, the Volkswagen Open Singapore 2006.
Photo: Ma Lin who won his third Men's Singles title on the ITTF Pro Tour in 2006 in Singapore
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