Team China bags all gold medals at ITTF

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Ding Ning (left) and Zhu Yuling of China serve during the women's doubles final against Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun of South Korea at the 2018 ITTF World tour China Open in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong province, on June 3, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Team China won all gold medals at the 2018 ITTF World tour China Open in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong province on Sunday.

After Lin Gaoyuan and Chen Xingtong defeated Japanese pair Mima Ito and Masataka Morizono in the mixed doubles final match on Saturday, Fan Zhendong and Lin Gaoyuan scored victory over the multinational pair of Romania’s Ionescu Ovidiu and Spain’s Robles Alvaro 3-0 at the men's doubles finals on Sunday. Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling beat their South Korean rivals Jeon Ji-hee/Yang Ha-eun 3-1 at the women's doubles finals.

Competition for gold medals of the women's and men's singles both took place between Chinese players. Wang Manyu defeated her teammate Ding Ning 4-3 to become the women's singles champion, while Ma Long won the title of men's singles over Fan Zhendong after a 4-1 victory.

Ma Long won his seventh ITTF World Tour tournament singles title after beating his teammate Fan Zhengdong 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3, 14-12 at China Open on Sunday.

"China Open is the first large-scale tournament after World Championships, so I wanted to perform well. The margin is quite large in game 3 and game 4, my ability to turning the situation still has to be improved, comparing to Ma Long," said Fan.

"I am happy to play the final against Fan, defeating such a competitive player increase my self confidence," said Ma.

Chinese pair Ding Ning/Zhu Yuling won the women's doubles title of the ITTF World Tour China Open table tennis tournament on Sunday.

Their final opponents are the South Korea's duo Jeon Jihee/Yang Haeun. Ding and Zhu finished the final 11-9, 11-5, 4-11, 11-5.

"I was so nervous at the beginning, I wanted to bring out my best performance for my supporters, but I didn't make it. It's a pity," said Yang Haeun.

"I am glad to win the title, I hope to improve our cooperation if there is a chance to work with Ding in the future," said Zhu.

The last time Ding and Zhu won a doubles title was 3 years ago. "Three years ago, we were both young, now Ding is a grand slam winner, I am still a young player. Both of us have improved our skills and we know much more about each other now."

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