Timo Boll and Liu Jia Crowned Erke German Open Champions

Timo Boll and Liu Jia Crowned Erke German Open Champions

The host nationís Timo Boll and Austriaís Liu Jia won the Menís and Womenís Singles respectively at the Erke German Open in Berlin on Sunday 23rd November 2008.

Seeded no.1, Boll overcame third seed, Chinese Taipeiís Chuan Chih-Yuan in the final having earlier posted a semi-final victory over Hong Kongís Cheung Yuk.

It was the Germanís second consecutive Menís Singles crown on the ITTF Pro Tour; three weeks earlier he had won at the Erke Austrian Open in Wels.
At the semi-final stage, Chuan Chih-Yuan had beaten Jiang Tianyi, also from Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, in the Womenís Singles event, Germany had to settle for the silver medal.

Wu Jiaduo was beaten in five games by Austriaís Liu Jia, the 2005 European champion.

It was a second career ITTF Pro Tour Womenís Singles title for Liu Jia, she won in Brazil in 2004; whilst for Wu Jiaduo it was her first appearance in an ITTF Pro Tour Womenís Singles final.

In the semi-finals Liu Jia defeated Hungaryís Krisztina Toth whilst Wu Jiaduo overcame Italyís Nikoleta Stefanova.

Menís Singles
SF Timo Boll (GER) bt Cheung Yuk (HKG) 13-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-6
SF Chuan Chih-Yuan (TPE) bt Jiang Tianyi (HKG) 12-10, 7-11, 12-14, 7-11, 11-8, 11-13, 13-11

F Timo Boll (GER) bt Chuan Chih-Yuan (TPE) 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-3, 11-8

Womenís Singles
SF Liu Jia (AUT) bt Krisztina Toth (HUN) 8-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7, 11-7
SF Wu Jiaduo (GER) bt Nikoleta Stefanova (ITA) 9-11, 7-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7

F Liu Jia (AUT) bt Wu Jiaduo (GER) 12-10, 13-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9

ITTF Press Release

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