ITTF Pro Champions Capture English Open Titles
ITTF Press Release
Winners of the respective Men's and Women's Singles titles at the Volkswagen Pro Grand Finals in Macao in December 2008, emerged as the champions at the English Open in Sheffield on Sunday 1st November 2009.
Chinaís Ma Long won the Menís Singles crown, whilst compatriot Guo Yan captured the counterpart female event.
Ma Long, seeded no.2, accounted for national team colleagues to clinch the title.
He overcame Xu Xin, seeded no.18, in the semi-finals and Ma Lin, seeded no.3, in the final; the latter having ended the brave run of Japanís Seiya Kishikawa, seeded no.29, at the penultimate stage.
Similarly, Guo Yan, seeded no.2, faced a national team colleague in the final; she confronted 18 year old Liu Shiwen, the no.1 seed, emerging successful in five games to clinch gold.
At the semi-final stage Guo Yan beat Koreaís Kim Kyung Ah, seeded no.4, in the semi-finals; whilst Liu Shiwen defeated Singaporeís Feng Tianwei, seeded no.3.
Two titles for China but there was not to be a full house.
Ma Long partnered Wang Liqin to win the Menís Doubles title beating Japanís Seya Kishikawa and Jun Mizutani in the final but for Chang Chenchen and Guo Yan it was not to be; they had to settle for silver.
At the final hurdle they were beaten by Koreaís Kim Kyung Ah and Park Mi Young.
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