Indian Open: Mixed Fortunes for India
Monday, March 16, 2009
ITTF Press Release
Singaporeís 18 year old Ma Liang and 19 year old Yu Meng Yu won the Menís and Womenís Singles events respectively at the Indian Open in Indore on Sunday 15th March 2009; in so doing they secured their first ever career titles at senior level on the ITTF Pro Tour.
Furthermore, they became two of the youngest players ever to capture the top prize at an ITTF Pro Tour tournament.
In an event where all four Menís Singles semi-finalists were from Singapore, Ma Liang, seeded no.4, beat Yang Zi, seeded no.2; whilst in the counterpart duel, Cai Xiao Li, seeded no.5, accounted for Gao Ning, seeded no.1.
Both contests went the full seven games distance.
Similarly, in the final, it was a seven games duel that determined the winner with youth overcoming experience, Cai Xiao Li being 11 years the older than Ma Liang.
Meanwhile, in the Womenís Singles event Yu Meng Yu staved off the challenge of Malaysia overcoming Ng Sock Khim in the semi-finals and Beh Lee Wei in the final; the latter having beaten the host nationís Madurhika Patkar at the penultimate stage.
A first for Ma Liang and Yu Meng Yu and the same in the Womenís Doubles where Beh Lee Wei and Ng Sock Khim captured their first ever ITTF Pro Tour career titles by beating Indiaís Mouma Das and Mouma Das and Poulomi Ghatak in the final.
However, in the Menís Doubles event, the situation was somewhat different. Gao Ning and Yang Zi defeated Indiaís Sharath Kamal Achanta and Subhajit Saha in the final to win their fifth ITTF Pro Tour Menís Doubles title.
Ma Liang (SIN) bt Yang Zi (SIN) 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 14-12, 5-11, 11-7
Cai Xiao Li (SIN) bt Gao Ning (SIN) 5-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-13, 11-8, 12-10
Ma Liang (SIN) bt Cai Xiao Li (SIN) 13-15, 11-6, 14-12, 11-4, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9 having overcome
Yu Meng Yu (SIN) bt Ng Sock Khim (MAS) 11-4, 11-8, 13-15, 12-10, 14-12
Beh Lee Wei (MAS) bt Madhurika Patkar (IND) 11-7, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6.
Yu Meng Yu (SIN) bt Beh Lee Wei (MAS) 5-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 11-4. One
Gao Ning/Yang Zi (SIN) bt Sharath Kamal Achanta/Subhajit Roy 14-12, 14-12, 11-5, 11-3
Beh Lee Wei/Ng Sock Khim (MAS) bt Mouma Das/Poulomi Ghatak (IND) 11-8, 11-4, 11-9, 11-9.
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