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Wang Hao wins China Open

The number one seeded players in both the Menís Singles and Womenís Singles events at the Volkswagen Open China in Changchun emerged victories on Sunday 18th May 2008 in all-Chinese finals.

Wang Hao who hails from Changchun, won the Menís Singles title beating third seed, Wang Liqin, in the final whilst in the counterpart female event, Zhang Yining overcame second seed Guo Yue.

Both Wang Hao and Zhang Yining underlined the reasons why they currently occupy the number one spot on the ITTF Menís and Womenís World Rankings respectively, their played immaculate on the final day of proceedings.

It was for Zhang Yining her twenty-seventh Womenís Singles title at open international tournaments on the ITTF Pro Tour; in addition she has been crowned Womenís Singles champion at the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals on four occasions making her the most successful player, male or female, in the history of the ITTF Pro Tour.

Meanwhile, for Wang Hao it was his tenth career Menís Singles crown in opening international tournaments on the ITTF Pro Tour and like Zhang Yining he has enjoyed success at the Grand Finals. He won the Menís Singles title in both 2003 and 2006.

At the semi-final stage in Changchun Wang Hao defeated fourth seed compatriot Ma Long whilst Wang Liqin ousted second seed, Ma Lin also from China.

In the Womenís Singles event at the penultimate stage Zhang Yining defeated Singaporeís Li Jia Wei who one day earlier had ousted fourth seed, Chinaís Wang Nan whilst Guo Yue defeated third seed and colleague, Li Xiaoxia.

Menís Singles
Semi-Finals
Wang Hao (CHN) bt Ma Long (CHN) 13-11, 7-11, 6-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 12-10
Wang Liqin (CHN) bt Ma Lin (CHN) 12-10, 11-7, 2-11, 11-13, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8

Final
Wang Hao (CHN) bt Wang Liqin (CHN) 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9

Womenís Singles
Semi-Finals
Zhang Yining (CHN) bt Li Jia Wei (SIN) 11-4, 11-2, 11-3, 11-9
Guo Yue (CHN) bt Li Xiaoxia (CHN) 9-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9

Final
Zhang Yining (CHN) bt Guo Yue (CHN) 12-10, 14-12, 15-13, 10-12, 9-11, 11-2

Source: ITTF


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