It was an all Chinese final in the women’s singles event, with the top two ranked players in the world, ZHU Yuling and CHEN Meng battling for the biggest cash prize in table tennis. CHEN who will also be the world number one in the new year was too good for her doubles partner, winning 11-6, 11-3, 11-6, 12-10 to add the World Tour Grand Final title to her three Platinum World Tour titles she won this year.
“Actually, I was prepared to play the full seven games against Yuling. We have faced each other previously this year, and even though I won that match too, it wasn’t an easy win, so today I came fully prepared, and there’s probably also some luck involved here.”
The women’s doubles gold medal match saw a battle between the top two seeds for the title. CHEN & ZHU who faced off in the women’s final joined forces against the top seeds, Japanese youngster Hina HAYATA and Mima ITO. The Chinese pair showed their experience running out winners 11-8, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9.
The ITTF World Tour will be back bigger and better than ever in 2018 with the first event being held on 18 January 2018.
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