In the Women’s Singles battle for Gold, it was a matchup between two up & coming stars WANG Manyu (CHN) and GU Yuting (CHN), both fighting for a career first ITTF World Tour title.
The more experienced WANG, who had made it to the finals at the Qatar and Australian Open earlier this year, eventually prevailed over first time World Tour finalist GU to take the title 4-0 (11-9, 12-10, 11-2, 11-9).
“Even though I won 4-0, three of the games were won by a narrow 2-points difference, so it’s not as easy as the overall 4-0 seems,” stated the 18-year-old.
“Of course, I’m happy with the victory, I have lost 2 final matches on the World Tour this year, so this victory is definitely a breakthrough for me. It’s my first World Tour title, with a first, there will be a second, a third and so on. I hope this will be a good start for me.”
Chinese duo CHEN Xingtong & SUN Yingsha toppled top seeded Japanese pair of Honoka HASHIMOTO and Hitomi SATO to claim another Women’s Doubles title in 2017 with a 3-2 (4-11, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 11-4) victory.
Lost in the Women’s Doubles final, Japan fought hard for the Men’s Doubles title in Linz, with Koki NIWA and Jin UEDA taking the crown 3-1 (11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8) over German pair Ruwen FILUS and Ricardo WALTHER on their first partnership.
There are just two ITTF World Tour events left for the world’s top players to gain #Race2Astana points for the Seamaster 2017 World Tour Grand Finals to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
With the conclusion of the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Platinum Austrian Open, the world’s top table tennis stars have some time off before preparing for the Men’s & Women’s World Cups later next month:
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day