SEAMASTER 2019 ITTF WORLD TOUR PLATINUM AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Sunday 14th July
Three is the number, gold for Xu Xin and Sun Yingsha
Success in Japan and the Korea Republic, China’s Xu Xin made it three in a row; on Sunday 14th July he won the men’s singles title at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum Australian Open in Geelong.
The success came after colleague Sun Yingsha had struck women’s singles gold; likewise for her the number three was pertinent.
Sun Yingsha has now won three career ITTF World Tour women’s singles titles, she sets a record no other player can match. On each occasion she has been required to start her journey in the qualification tournament. In Japan she won in 2017 and also earlier this year.
In the final Sun Yingsha beat colleague Ding Ning, the no.3 seed and reigning Olympic champion (11-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9); thus she reversed the decision of 2017 in Chengdu when losing to Ding Ning in the final. On that occasion she was also a qualifier.
A hard earned win for Sun Yingsha but no great moments of drama; it was very different for Xu Xin.
At the semi-final stage Xu Xin, the no.3 seed, came within a hair’s breadth of defeat. He beat Germany’s Patrick Franziska, the no.15 seed, by the very narrowest of seven game margins (11-7, 5-11, 11-6, 6-11, 6-11, 11-9, 12-10).
The tension of the occasion rather overshadowing the outstanding efforts of 19 year old qualifier, Wang Chuqin, alongside Sun Yingsha gold medallist at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. He overcame Chinese national team colleague, Ma Long, the no. 5 seed, the reigning Olympic and World champion (11-8, 6-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8)!
Narrow margins; it was somewhat different in the final; Xu Xin asserted his authority; he accounted for Wang Chuqin in straight games (11-6, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8).
Thus Xu Xin retained his title, last year he beat colleague Liu Dingshuo in the final.
Overall, for Xu Xin it was his 17th ITTF World Tour men’s singles title in 28 finals.
Editor: Ian Marshall
Photo Credit: ITTF