China Open: Japanese Duo Prevent Chinese Clean Sweep
ITTF Press Release
Japanís Seiya Kishikawa and Jun Mizutani prevented a clean sweep of titles by the host nation at the Harmony China Open in Suzhou, on Sunday 7th June 2009, by winning the Menís Doubles crown.
At the final hurdle they justified their top seeded position by beating the Chinese pairing of Xu Xin and Zhang Jike to capture gold.
However, the three remaining titles all went the way of China.
Liu Shiwen won the Womenís Singles, crown; Ma Long succeeded in the Menís Singles competition; whilst Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia emerged as Womenís Doubles champions.
Ma Long, the no.1 seed in the Menís Singles event, beat Koreaís Joo Se Hyuk, seeded no.5, in a thrilling seven games semi-final duel before inflicting a straight games final defeat on the no.3 seed, compatriot Wang Liqin.
At the semi-final stage, Wang Liqin had beaten compatriot Ma Lin, seeded no.2, in a contest that also went the full distance
In the Womenís Singles event, the margins of victory were more emphatic in the latter rounds; at the semi-final stage Guo Yue, seeded no.1, recorded a straight games win over Koreaís Kim Kyung Ah, seeded no.6; whilst in five games Liu Shiwen ousted compatriot Li Xiaoxia, seeded no.2.
A five games semi-final win for Liu Shiwen and in the all China final it was a six games victory for Liu Shiwen, with Guo Yue resigned to the lot of being the runner up.
Defeat for Guo Yue but there was success; partnering Li Xiaoxia, the player with whom she clinched gold at this yearís H.I.S. World Championships, the two captured the Womenís Doubles title.
They beat Chinese national team colleagues Li Xiaodan and Liu Shiwen in the final.
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