Chinese team stand on the poduim during
the awarding ceremony of the women's team at the 18th Asian Table Tennis
Championships in Yangzhou, a city of east China's Jiangsu Province on
Sept. 19, 2007. China won by 3-0 against Singapore and claimed the title
of the event. (Xinhua Photo)
YANGZHOU, China, Sept.19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese women's team edged out Singapore 3-0 to grab the title which they missed last time at the biennial Asian table tennis championships.
Newly-crowned world champion Guo Yue and Singapore's
Li Jia Wei, ranked sixth in the world, kicked off the match. Guo used her
forehand topspin and lightning backhand flicks to take the opening set 11-6.
Trailing 4-7, 7-10 in the run, Guo failed to hold her nerves and fell 7-11.
Changing ends, the Chinese teenage sensation stroke
long and aggressively to rap up points. Being tied from 8-all till 13-all, the
match became fairly intense and drew waves of applause and cheers from the
Guo took the third set 15-13 as Li played sluggishly
to give up two points. A seesaw struggle was replayed in the fourth set but this
time Guo lost 10-12. Li was not in form in the deciding set. With a 4-11 loss,
Li bowed out 3-2.
China's Guo Yue cheers herself during
the women's team final against Singapore's Li Jiawei at the 18th Asian
Table Tennis Championships in Yangzhou, a city of east China's Jiangsu
Province on Sept. 19, 2007. (Xinhua Photo)
Top ranked Zhang Yining, in her encounter with Sun
Bei Bei, played steadily plus placement shots and jumped a 2-0 lead in sets.
Fighting back with tenacity, Sun slammed Zhang 11-9 in the third set but
succumbed quickly in the final set 11-4.
Li Xiaoxia, ranked fifth in the world, came from 1-2
down to win 11-9, over Wang Yue Gu in the tense fourth set. Buoyed by
encouragement from the home audience, the teenage hand shaker wounded up China's
victory 3-2 over Singapore with an 11-8 win.
"It is the first time for me to represent China to
play in a team match. I am a little timid in the beginning because Wang is much
more experienced than me," said Li after the match.
Li added that she is glad to gain experience and
confidence through the tough competition.
Chinese head coach Shi Zhihao said both Singapore and
China played well and young players such as Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia need to be
more experienced in adjusting themselves under pressure so as to dominate a
At the 17th Asian table tennis championships in
Seogwipo, Chinese women's team was downed by South Korea in the semifinal and
missed the title for the first time in 13 years.
China overwhelmed reigning champion Hong Kong of
China 3-0 to reach the final while Singapore crushed Japan 3-0 to book the
ticket for the final. Hong Kong of China and Japan shared the third