by Simon Daish
The day’s action got underway with an all-Japanese affair as top seeds Hina Hayata and Mima Ito met with second seeds Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato in the Women’s Doubles final. Just the three games were required to see Hina Hayata and Mima over the line (11-8, 11-9, 11-7), claiming their second gold medal of the year as a partnership.
“We are very happy to win this title as we fought hard for this victory.” Mima Ito
Liu Shiwen leaves Geelong with a smile on her face following a terrific display in the Women’s Singles title match.
Second seed Liu Shiwen came through an intense seven games encounter with no.7 seed Ding Ning (11-5, 11-7, 3-11, 5-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6) to secure her 13thWomen’s Singles gold medal on the ITTF World Tour.
“This is my first time here in Australia, and playing the Australian open. The road to the title was very tough, but I am so happy that I finally won. Both of us made some slight changes to our tactics during the match to try and overtake each other. Ding Ning is a very strong opponent, even though I took the victory today, there’s still a lot of little details that I need to review and learn from this match. I’m very thankful to my fans who came here to support me and watch me play at the Australian Open.” Liu Shiwen