German Open: Predictable and Unpredictable in Berlin

ITTF Press Release

Chinaís MA Long, the world no1, won the Menís Singles title at the German Open in Berlin on Sunday 21st March 2010, as his seeding predicted, but in the counterpart Womenís Singles event it was quite the reverse scenario.

FENG Yalan, 20 years old, the World Junior champion in 2006 and the winner one day earlier of the Under 21 Womenís Singles title, totally upset the seeding.

A player with no current world ranking, owing to a lack of international appearances, she won the Womenís Singles title and she did it the hard way.

In the semi-finals she beat top seed, Singaporeís FENG Tianwei before recovering from a three games to one deficit in the final to overcome Chinese national team colleague, DING Ning, the no.2 seed.

Earlier in the day DING Ning had won a gruelling semi-final duel against team mate WU Yang, the reigning World Junior champion and an expert in the defensive art.

MA Long, who overcame compatriots CHEN Qi and WANG Hao to secure the Menís Singles crown, added a second title by partnering CHEN Qi to Menís Doubles success.

In the third all China final, on the concluding day of play, they beat HAO Shuai and ZHANG Jike, the latter having earlier in the day suffered defeat at the hands of WANG Hao, the reigning World champion and no.2 seed, at the penultimate stage of the Menís Singles event.

Three titles for China but it was not to be a full house.

Japanís 21 year old Ai FUKUHARA and 16 year old Kasumi ISHIKAWA secured victory in a thrilling seven games Womenís Doubles final over DING Ning and LI Xiaodan.

Menís Singles

MA Long (CHN) bt CHEN Qi (CHN) 11-9, 6-11, 14-12, 23-21, 11-8
WANG Hao (CHN) bt ZHANG Jike (CHN) 11-8, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9

MA Long (CHN) bt WANG Hao (CHN) 15-13, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7

Womenís Singles

FENG Yalan (CHN) bt FENG Tianwei (SIN) 11-9, 11-8, 11-7, 11-2
DING Ning (CHN) bt WU Yang (CHN) 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7

FENG Yalan (CHN) bt DING Ning (CHN) 3-11, 11-8, 8-11, 3-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6

Menís Doubles

CHEN Qi/MA Long (CHN) bt HAO Shuai/ZHANG Jike (CHN) 11-9, 12-10, 11-7, 4-11, 15-13

Womenís Doubles

Ai FUKUHARA/Kasumi ISHIKAWA (JPN) bt DING Ning/LI Xiaodan (CHN) 11-2, 11-13, 12-10, 9-11, 11-2, 5-11, 11-8

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