Japan Open: Wang Liqin Captures Second Title
Wang Liqin, the player ranked number one in the world and the top seed in Yokohama, won the Menís Singles title at the Volkswagen Open Japan on Sunday 24th September 2006 beating his compatriot, Wang Hao, in the final.
Including successes in the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals, it was the twenty-third time that Wang Liqin has emerged as a Menís Singles champion on the ITTF Pro Tour.
In the final in Yokohama he beat Wang Hao in straight games; he won 12-10, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8.
Sadly for Wang Liqin the one occasion when Wang Hao succeeded was in August 2004; in the semi-finals of the Menís Singles event at the Olympic Games in Athens, Wang Hao won in five games to proceed to the final.
Bronze Now Gold
However, at the Volkswagen Open Japan there was no bronze for Wang Liqin, only gold, as he overpowered Wang Hao; the latter wearing a leg support throughout the tournament to protect a slight injury.
Condition Not Good
Now thatís a comment that must be worrying to the rest of the table tennis world. In the semi-finals he beat Ma Lin, ranked number three in the world and in the final he overcame Wang Hao, ranked four in the world.
Granted he took seven games to beat Ma Lin but against Wang Hao he was mightily impressive. The men of the world better beware; when heís in good condition, he might just be difficult to beat? The mind boggles.
It was for Wang Liqin his second Menís Singles title on the ITTF Pro Tour in 2006 and it was the second time he was won the Japan Open, he won in 2000 when he beat Ma Lin in the final.
Japan Open 2000
In Kobe City on Sunday 18th June 2000 he won 21-18, 22-20, 18-21, 18-21, 21-18.
In Yokohama six years later, there was no drama in the final, Wang Liqin was imperious and justified the accolade of being the best player in the world, a superb athlete and a fine ambassador for sport.
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