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Favourite City, Once Again Xu Xin Wins in Incheon, Asian Games Title Secured

Top spot on the World Ranking list retained, when the official order of merit was issued by the International Table Tennis Federation one day earlier; first position also applied to China’s Xu Xin one day later on Saturday 4th October at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.

The no.1 seed, he won the Men’s Singles title beating 17 year old colleague Fan Zhendong, the no.2 seed in the final in six games (11-6, 5-11, 11-13, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8), having overpowered the host nation’s Joo Saehyuk, the no.8 seed, at the semi-final stage (11-2, 11-5, 11-2, 11-7).

A devastating penultimate round performance from Xin Xin, whose early timing and powerful forehand gave the Korean hero minimal time to draw breath.

Mission Accomplished, Milestone Win for China, Success for Liu Shiwen

Favourite for gold, top seed Liu Shiwen won the Women’s Singles title at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on Saturday 4th October and in so doing fulfilled the goal set when proceedings in the table tennis events had commenced one week earlier.

Furthermore, the success marked a milestone for her country; it was no less than China’s 150th gold medal of the Games.

In all Chinese final she overcame Zhu Yuling, the no.3 seed, in four straight games (11-6, 11-4, 13-11, 11-7) to secure the title in a contest between two of the most consistent players on planet earth in the art of close to the table counter top spin play.

Ma Long and Zhang Jike Win Asian Games Men’s Doubles Title

Winners on the ITTF World Tour in 2010 in Kuwait and two years later in Slovenia; Ma Long and Zhang Jike won the Men’s Doubles title at the 2014 Asian Games in the Korean city of Incheon on Friday 3rd October.

At the final hurdle they beat Chinese National Team colleagues, Fan Zhendong and Xin Xin (14-12, 11-3, 11-7, 11-8), having in the penultimate round defeated Japan’s Kenta Matsudaira and Koki Niwa (8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9).

In the counterpart semi-final, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin had overcome Singapore’s Gao Ning and Li Hu (11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9).
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A Liking for Korea, Chen Meng and Zhuling Repeat Busan Success in Incheon

Women’s Doubles gold medallists at the Asian Championships staged in Busan in July 2013, China’s Chen Meng and Zhu Yuling once again displayed their liking for Korea.

They emerged successful at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on Friday 3rd October.

Some 14 months ago, in the south east of the country, they had caused somewhat of an upset to by beating Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen in six games in the final (6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 4-11, 11-9, 11-5). Some 340 kilometres north-west at other side of Korea, the success was less unexpected but it was by a similar margin.
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Kim Hyok Bong and Kim Jong Repeat Paris Success, Gold Secured at Asian Games

Surprise winners of the Mixed Doubles title the Liebherr 2013 World Championships in Paris, the DPR Korean partnership of Kim Hyok Bong and Kim Jong added to their collection of silverware on Friday 3rd October.

They won the Mixed Doubles title at the 2014 Asian Games in the Korea city of Incheon, accounting for Hong Kong’s Jiang Tianyi and Lee Ho Ching in the final.

Impressively, Kim Hyok Bong and Kim Jong recorded a five games win (12-10, 12-10, 10-12, 11-6, 11-6).

Vital to Korean Team Bronze, Once Again Joo Saehyuk Amazes to Reach Last Four

Crucial to the silver medal gained by Korea earlier in the proceedings; Joo Saehyuk once again dazzled with his incredible defensive skills and electric attacking ability on the sixth day of play, Thursday 2nd October, at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.

Occupying the no.8 seeded position in the draw, at the quarter-final stage of the Men’s Singles event, he caused the one and only upset of the round, when he beat Japan’s Jun Mizutani, the no.3 seed, in six games (13-11, 7-11, 8-11, 11-7, 14-12, 11-3) to reserve his place in the penultimate round.

An surprise according to seeding but Joo Saehyuk does have a very creditable record against Jun Mizutani on the international scene; there is little to choose.

Source: www.ittf.com
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