Timo Boll wins China Open
Beats Wang Liqin in final
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Germany’s Timo Boll won the Men’s Singles title at the Panasonic China Open in Guangzhou on Sunday 17th September 2006 beating the host nation’s Wang Liqin in the final.
In the contest between the number one and number two ranked male players in the world it was the latter who prevailed.
Timo Boll won in six games: 11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8.
It was the tenth time that they had met in a World Ranking event and the German’s victory tipped the scales in his favour.
He has now won six of the duels; perhaps somewhat surprisingly, considering they are the top two ranked players in the world, the confrontation in Guangzhou was the first time they have met in the final of an event where world ranking points were at stake.
The contest was a duel between the speed of Boll’s incessant attacks the counter top spinning ability of Wang Liqin; it was speed that won the day.
Adapting to different situations is vital, Boll adapted, he was the champion and true to his character he was gracious in victory. “Wang Liqin must be tired mentally and physically, I can feel that, I experienced the Chinese Super League, so I have a clear picture how tough the matches are”, said Timo Boll. “The crowd here was so good; playing here is just like playing at home.”
Boll played for Zheijang Haining Hongxiang, the club being in Jiangsu Province which borders Shanghai; he played alongside Liu Guozheng, Li Ping, Li Hu and Chiang Peng-Lung. The club finished in fourth place.
Only six points separated the top and bottom teams at the end of the year. Shanxi Yinhe represented by Ma Lin, Hao Shuai, Yang Zi, Ko Lai Chak, Guo Tao, Gao Lize finished as winners whilst two teams shared bottom place: Sichuan Quanxing who had Ryu Seung Min, Joo Se Hyuk, Adrian Crisan and Jean-Michel Saive in their ranks plus Beijing Topnew who lined up with Ma Long, Ding Song, Hou Yingchao and Yan Sen!
In 2005 he won his first ITTF Pro Tour title of the year in September at the Volkswagen Open Japan, he then progressed to reach the semi-finals in Germany, he won in Sweden, qualified for the Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals and duly prevailed in that event.
I wonder, will history repeat itself? Well, if Boll maintains the form shown in Guangzhou then surely there is only one answer and they do say history repeats itsef.
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