Searching for the names of players who may be considered favourites for gold at the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, play commencing on Wednesday 25th August, one name that stands out is that of China’s Mao Jingdian.
Mao Jingdian, gold in Rio de Janeiro
Hailing from Beijing, the 26 year old from Beijing competes in women’s class 8.
Commencing in 2009, when she won the women’s singles class 6-8 title at the Asia and Oceania Championships in Amman, she has secured every possible major title.
The performances at the Paralympic Games in London and in Rio de Janeiro endorse her quality. In each city, she surrendered just one game en route to gold. It is a quite incredible record, added to her technical abilities, her composed nature is a key factor.
On both occasions, she commenced play the no.2 seed, the top name being Thu Kamkasomphu from France. In London the only player to extract a game from Mao Jingdian was Thu Kamkasomphu; they met in the final, the third the errant contest (11-2, 11-4, 12-14, 11-5).
Four years later in Rio de Janeiro, the player to ask questions was Germany’s Juliane Wolf; they met at the semi-final stage, the game to go astray being the second (11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8). In the final Mao Jingdian beat Thu Kamkasomphu in straight games (11-6, 11-8, 11-3).
Additionally, Mao Jingdian won gold in women’s singles class 6-8 at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou; then she repeated the success in class 8 when in 2014 the tournament was held in Incheon and four years later in Jakarta.
Likewise at the 2011 Asian and Oceanic Championships in Hong Kong, she retained the class 6-8 title, before when the tournament became the Asian Championships, winning class 8 in 2015 in Amman and 2017 in Beijing.
Meanwhile in 2014 in Beijing and in 2018 in Lasko, Mao Jingdian was crowned World champion.
Quite simply, the record speaks for itself.
Editor: Ian Marshall