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ITTF World Tour Grand Final



Top seeds eliminate Sun/Wang!

Women’s Doubles: Semi-finals

Japan’s Miyu Kihara and Miyuu Nagasaki have successfully completed a stunning comeback to defeat Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu – having been two games down to the Chinese pair (3-11, 4-11, 11-3, 14-12, 14-12)!

Winning three games on the bounce, Kihara and Nagasaki proved their top seeding’s worth and will now face Yang Haeun with Jeon Jihee in the final tomorrow!

Yang/Jeon rally back to win!

Women’s Doubles: Semi-finals

Yang Haeun with Jeon Jihee have rallied to make a marvelous comeback here in Zhengzhou, as they beat Chen Szu-Yu and Cheng Hsien-Tzu by 3-1 (8-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8). Having been down by the first game, this was a powerful effort by the Korea Republicans which now has sent them to the final!

Facing them there will be the winner of the decider between China’s Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu, and top seeds from Japan Miyu Kihara and Miyuu Nagasaki – who are locked in at two games each!

Chen/Cheng lead, Sun/Wang double theirs

Women’s Doubles: Semi-finals

Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu and Cheng Hsien-Tzu have taken the lead against Korea Republic’s Yang Haeun and Jeon Jihee (11-8).

For the Chinese Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu, the lead is two fold as the won both their opening games versus top seeds Miyu Kihara and Miyuu Nagasaki from Japan (11-3, 11-4). Can they make a comeback?

…and they’re in!

Mixed Doubles: Semi-finals

It will be China versus Japan in the mixed doubles final of the World Tour Grand Finals here in Zhengzhou – as Xu Xin with Liu Shiwen cruised against Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju with Cheng I-Ching (11-3, 131-11, 11-1).

Winning in the match in straight games, they needed less than half an hour to secure the spot in the final. Xu’s penhold grip balanced well with Liu’s shakehand attack, meaning there was not much Lin and Cheng could do when the second seeds got going.

Xu/Liu not so far behind

Mixed Doubles: Semi-finals

China’s Xu Xin with Liu Shiwen look set to reach the final after having secured a 2-0 (11-3, 13-11) lead over Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju with Cheng I-Ching.

Playing majorly to win on their serve, Xu and Liu are simply keeping their focus against their youthful opponents – who certainly need to step it up if they are to make the final from hereon.

Celebrating a hard won game, Liu Shiwen and Xu Xin. (Photo by Remy Gros)

 

Ito/Mizutani make the final!

Mixed Doubles: Semi-finals

That went by quickly! Needing just under 22 minutes, the Japanese duo have eliminated the top seeds in straight games to make the mixed doubles final (11-9, 11-2, 15-13)!

Penholder Wong Chun Ting and partner Doo Hoi Kem just could not handle the speed of the overall balance of play by Mima Ito and Jun Mizutani – who simply blitzed past them at every point and kept the intensity of their shots at a consistently high rate. Will they be able to win gold tomorrow?

All speed for Ito/Mizutani

Mixed Doubles: Semi-finals

The Japanese duo are in a rush it seems, winning two games on the bounce against top seeds from Hong Kong China, Wong Chun Ting with Doo Hoi Kem (11-9, 11-2).

Mima Ito with Jun Mizutani have recorded 26 to 19 point victories in 12 minutes over the two games, leaving Wong and Doo unable to respond.

Dodging the bronze? (Photo by Remy Gros)

Women’s Singles: Round of 16

Well the top seeds have done it – both Chen Meng and Sun Yingsha completed comeback wins against their Chinese teammates in Qian Tianyi and He Zhuojia respectively.

“I did not play at my level. When I was 1-3 down, I changed my mindset. I just told myself not to give up and come back point by point.” Chen Meng

For world no.1 Chen it was the lengthier 4-3 (11-7, 8-11, 10-12, 12-14, 13-11, 11-8, 11-6) win, lasting well over an hour and fourteen minutes – a match that surely had her resolve tested as Qian gave everything she had. For Sun, it was a matter of reestablishing control over a match she led, then fell back in – with He unable to cope with the top seed’s sudden change of pace (11-7, 9-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-4).

Chen and Sun reestablish themselves

Women’s Singles: Round of 16

Chen Meng has turned the match on its head, winning two games back-to-back bringing the score to 3-3 overall. Can Qian Tianyi hold on for the win?

Meanwhile, Sun Yingsha has taken the lead against He Zhuojia at 3-2 (11-7, 9-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-8), and with any evidence of how the day has gone, this one is surely headed to a decider. Right?

Regaining control, Sun Yingsha (Photo: Rémy Gros)

Top seeds in trouble!

Women’s Singles: Round of 16

Well who saw this coming? Chen Meng is down 1-3 to Qian Tianyi and the 16th seed is the one looking like sealing the deal here! Her off the net shots have dominated the world no.1, who really needs to pull herself together to have any chance of progressing!

For the top seed it is a similar situation – Sun Yingsha is now 1-2 (11-7, 9-11, 9-11) down versus 13th seed He Zhuojia. Are we about to see a double upset in the Chinese domestic?

Tianyi hits back, Sun starts well

Women’s Singles: Round of 16

Its a double domestic for the Chinese, as Qian Tianyi hit back against Chen Meng and has now a 2-1 (7-11, 11-8, 12-10) lead over the world no.1 athlete.

Over at the table, Sun Yingsha has just won her first game against compatriot He Zhuojia (11-7) and will look to push on from this to complete a swift win.

Ito claims epic win, Chen in control

Women’s Singles: Round of 16

In an epic conclusion, Mima Ito secured a momentous win over Cheng I-Ching (10-12, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4, 4-11, 11-3, 12-10), with the contest lasting over 56 minutes. Both athletes were in complete tandem against each other, winning a game each but the momentum of the sixth game for Ito secured the seventh and the match.

“I lost to her at Austria Open so I really wanted to win this time. Actually I performed normally. I had my chances today. It was really tough to lose. Mima Ito is very strong. I can feel she makes changes every time I play against her.” Cheng I-Ching

The world no. 1 Chen Meng is in fine form over at table 2, winning the first game 11-5 against Chinese compatriot Qian Tianyi.

The calm before the storm – Mima Ito vs Cheng I-Ching (Photo by Remy Gros)

Decider begins for Cheng and Ito

Women’s Singles: Round of 16

Japan’s Mima Ito has swung this match back and forth between her and Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching enough times to call it a pendulum – with a 3-3 score, the decider has begun.

Ito has looked the stronger of the two athletes on the counter attack, but Cheng is picking her moments to strike back at will. Who goes through to the quarter-finals?

Feng exits, Ito and Cheng battle

Women’s Singles: Round of 16

Chen Xingtong has completed a comprehensive 4-0 (11-3, 11-7, 11-9, 11-5) win over Feng Tianwei which means after Ding Ning’s exit yesterday, another major veteran has just been eliminated from the Grand Tour Finals.

“Feng has been making progress in recent times. She played really well in the previous encounters with my teammates Zhu Yuling and Chen Meng. I did not expect that I could take the match 4-0. I was prepared that today’s match could go into the deciding games.” Chen Xingtong

Meanwhile, Mima Ito and Cheng I-Ching are now locked at 2-2, with neither athlete in the mood to give up or back off – are we headed to a decider?

Looking sharp, Cheng I-Ching (Photo by Remy Gros)

Favorites make stumbling start

Women’s Singles: Round of 16

Singapore’s Feng Tianwei will need to pull her socks up going forward today, as she lost the first two games to China’s Chen Xingtong (11-3, 11-7).

Over at table 2, Japan’s Mima Ito also lost the early lead against Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, who surprised her by winning the game 12-10, having been 9-10 down. Having the levelled the scores since then (11-6), will Ito make a proper comeback?

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