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Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha secure title, now Buenos Aires beckons

Friday 31 August

China’s representatives at the forthcoming Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, now only some five weeks distant, most significantly together in the Mixed Team event; on Thursday 30th August, Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha made a clear statement in Jakarta, Indonesia.

They won the Mixed Doubles title at the 2018 Asian Games.


At the final hurdle, they beat colleagues Lin Gaoyuan and Wang Manyu in six games (12-14, 9-11, 14-12, 13-11, 11-7, 11-7), a win that was somewhat contrary to expectations; Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha commenced play as the no.11, seeds, Lin Gaoyuan and Wang Manyu occupied the top seeded position.


It was delighted Sun Yingsha.

“We are very happy with this victory; this title is important to us. Prior to the match, we thought of every possible scenario that could happen, after losing the first two games, we were still able to stay calm. We have been training intensively for doubles for the last month, so there’s now definitely more rapport and better communication between us. We still have the Youth Olympic Games coming in October; I hope to win gold there as well as win a gift to celebrate my 18th birthday,” said Sun Yingsha


Birthday celebrations and the timing could be just about ideal; it is the year in which she celebrates her landmark anniversary, the actual date being Sunday 4th November.


Meanwhile, for Wang Chuqin there was a slight air of relief, after having experienced defeat at the hands of Lin Yun-Ju when facing Chinese Taipei at the quarter-final stage of the Men’s Team event.


“This title definitely gives me more confidence. I wasn’t really in form until the team semi-final; it was only after that when I found my usual form”, explained Wang Chuqin


Success for China and considering that prior to proceedings commencing in Jakarta, overall they have won no less than 61 gold medals since first enjoying success in 1974 in Tehran, it is somewhat surprising that it is only the third time they have secured the Mixed Doubles title and only the second occasion when it has been an all Chinese final.


In 1990 in Beijing, Chen Zhibin and Chen Zihe beat Korea Republic’s Kang Heechan and Hong Chaok to secure the title; more recently in 2002 in Busan, Ma Lin and Li Nan overcame colleagues Wang Liqin and Wang Nan at the final hurdle.


Notably, the success somewhat atones for the disappointment of four years ago in Incheon when it was the only title that eluded Chinese hands and both Mixed Doubles pairs departed in the quarter-finals.


Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng lost to Hong Kong’s Jiang Tianyi and Lee Ho Ching; Zhou Yu and Wu Yang experienced defeat at the hands of the eventual champions, DPR Korea’s Kim Hyok Bong and Kim Jong.


Notably for both winners and runners up in Jakarta, it was success at the first attempt; all are making their Asian Games debuts.

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