Fan Zhendong wins Qatar Open table tennis title

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Fan Zhendong of China poses on the podium after beating Liam Pitchford of England during men's singles final match at 2020 ITTF Qatar Open in Doha, Qatar on March 8, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

China's men's top seed Fan Zhendong and women's world number one Chen Meng both clinched singles titles at the 2020 ITTF Qatar Open on Sunday.

Amid concerns over the COVID-19 epidemic, the Chinese players announced they're donating all the prize money from this event to support the nation's efforts in Wuhan. The players will pledge 246,900 U.S. dollars in financial aid to the epicenter of the outbreak.

In the men's singles final, Fan put on an all-round masterclass to win 4-2 (11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-7). 

On the other side of the table, Pitchford showed the audience a first-class performance, consistently challenging Fan with his powerful backhand offenses. Some long-rally plays between the men left those in the Aspire Dome open mouthed in incredulity.

The first two games followed similar patterns, with Pitchford establishing early leads but Fan fighting back to win. 

The third game saw Pitchford putting himself out there and his quick-fire attacking style finally paid off.

Both players were in attacking mode, but Fan ultimately came through to take the title. 

Gold Medalist Chen Meng of China poses on the podium after winning Ito Mima of Japan during the women's singles final match at 2020 ITTF Qatar Open in Doha, Qatar on March 8, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

In the women's final, China's Chen Meng beat Japan's Mima Ito in five games to win 4-1 (3-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7).

The 26-year-old's victory improved her chances of representing China at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Mima Ito seemed to lose her fire after beating China's Olympic champion Ding Ning in the semi-final on Saturday. Despite quickly discovering her rhythm in the first game and magically saving some points from Chen's forehand attacks, Ito didn't find much control over the rest of the match.

Chen, on the other hand, asserted her dominance with her all-round technical capability.

After losing the first game, Chen improved steadily and won four games in succession.

China's table tennis team is already eyeing Mima Ito as its biggest rival at the Tokyo Olympics, so Chen's good performance will undoubtedly increase her chances of representing her country at the Games.

Chen has sealed victories in all three of her matches with Ito. Their last encounter was the women's singles semi-final at the World Tour Grand Finals last December in Zhengzhou, China, which Chen also won 4-1.

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