Ma Lin wins Volkswagen China Open
Second ITTF Pro Tour Men’s Singles Title of the Year
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Ma Lin won his second ITTF Pro Tour Men’s Singles title of the year when he beat Chinese compatriot Wang Hao in the final of the Men’s Singles event at the Volkswagen Open China in Nanjing on Sunday 1st July 2007.
The winner in Qatar in February and the runner up at the Liebherr World Championships in May, Ma Lin collected his seventeenth career Men’s Singles crown on the ITTF Pro Tour.
Seeded two, Ma Lin won in five games: 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8.
The first meeting between the World’s two highest ranked penhold grip players was won by Wang Hao; he succeeded at the quarter-final stage of the Men’s Singles event in December 2002 at the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals.
In September 2003 Ma Lin won at the Panasonic China Open, in 2004 Wang Hao succeeded at the Greek Open, then later in the year when the two met once again at the Panasonic China Open it was victory for Ma Lin.
Success for Ma Lin
Two wins in row and Ma Lin made it a third in October 2006 when he succeeded in the final of the Liebherr Men’s World Cup in Paris.
End of Year
Success for Wang Hao but in their second meeting in 2007 it was victory for Ma Lin; he won at the penultimate stage of the Men’s Singles event at the Liebherr World Championships in Zagreb.
Ma Lin was under a degree of pressure but he is used to such situations. “I was very determined in the final; that was a major factor”, continued Ma Lin. “We are familiar with each other, we are roughly at the same level.”
“I have to thank the spectators here in Nanjing for their great support”, he said; the defeat in Croatia must still hurt but in Nanjing he could celebrate.
He was the champion.
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