China sweep five titles at WTT Contender Taiyuan

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Chinese paddlers showcased their dominance at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Contender Taiyuan, sweeping five titles on offer on Sunday.

In the women's singles final, Wang Manyu and Wang Yidi created an all-Chinese showdown for the second time in a week. Wang Manyu emerged victorious 11-5, 1-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9, avenging her loss at the WTT Champions Frankfurt earlier in November.

Wang Manyu reflected on her victory, attributing it to maintaining a stable mindset. "Last time when we met in Frankfurt, I lost 4-0, so I just tried my best to challenge her this time. She had more unforced errors today, and I was a bit lucky to come through," she commented.

In a thrilling men's final, host player Liang Jingkun narrowly defeated Shunsuke Togami of Japan in full games 9-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 12-10.

"Togami played quite aggressively, especially in his serves and backhand," Liang acknowledged. "I was a little conservative at the start, while playing more actively at a later stage with the speed of my backhand. Luckily I overcame the challenge."

The men's doubles final saw Lin Gaoyuan and Lin Shidong clinch victory 11-4, 11-7, 9-11, 5-11, 11-8 over Wang Chuqin and Liang Jingkun. Lin Shidong added another trophy to his collection, following his triumph with Kuai Man in Saturday's mixed doubles final.

In the women's doubles category, Chen Xingtong and Qian Tianyi secured an 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7 win over Wang Yidi and Kuai Man, ascending to the top of the podium. 

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