by Simon Daish
The greatest desk tennis occasion of the yr was hosted within the Swedish metropolis of Halmstad at the start of the month because the world’s most interesting gamers gathered for the Liebherr 2018 World Team Championships. As anticipated there have been loads of surprises together with shock defeats and the late formation of a Unified Korea crew within the Women’s Championship Division however the primary headlines went to China.
The squad of Ding Ning, Zhu Yuling, Liu Shiwen, Chen Meng and Wang Manyu led China to a fourth consecutive gold medal end within the Women’s Championship Division whereas the line-up of Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Xu Xin, Lin Gaoyuan and Wang Chuqin noticed off prime seeds Germany on the closing hurdle of the Men’s Championship Division – China now holds a record 21 titles in each of the occasions.
May additionally hosted the fourth cease on the ITTF World Tour with Hong Kong the vacation spot. China’s Wang Manyu noticed off fellow compatriot Chen Xingtong to gather her third Women’s Singles title of the yr and there was a primary within the Men’s Singles occasion as Japan’s Kazuhiro Yoshimura added his title to the checklist of ITTF World Tour winners. The native crowd celebrated success within the Men’s Doubles class as Wong Chun Ting and Ho Kwan Kit produced the products with Chen Xingtong and Sun Yingsha prevailing within the Women’s Doubles draw.
Spectators on the 2018 ITTF Challenge Thailand Open obtained a nice shock as Liu Shiwen made the journey to Bangkok to compete for the Women’s Singles prize whereas Australia gained massive on the 2018 ITTF-Oceania Cup held in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
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