Back To Winning Ways, Xu Xin Lifts Trophy In Geelong


(Photo: ITTF)

Xu Xin has captured his 13th Men’s Singles gold medal on the ITTF World Tour after the pen-hold specialist emerged from the 2018 Australian Open as Champion.

Defeat at the second hurdle one week earlier at the 2018 Korea Open in Daejeon, but Xu Xin was rarely troubled in Geelong, Victoria with the second seed proving too strong for Japan’s Taimu Arinobu and Jin Ueda in the opening two rounds of the main draw before seeing off 14th seed Patrick Franziska and fifth seed Tomokazu Harimoto to reach the final.

Opposing Xu Xin for the title was a rather surprising finalist in the form of Liu Dingshuo, who put up a brave fight right to the last.

Three of the games went right down to the wire but ultimately it was Xu Xin who came out on top across five ends (12-10, 4-11, 12-10, 15-13, 11-6).

“It was an all-Chinese match, so we are familiar with each other. I didn’t play as well as yesterday but I’m more experienced than my opponent when it came to the crucial points in the match. Maybe it’s the experience that makes the difference, younger players still tend to be impatient when it comes to the crucial moments I’m bolder when it comes to handling the crucial points, once your attacks work during the crucial moments, the impact on the opponent is very deadly. I didn’t manage to play well in the recent two World Tour events, so there was pressure on me. There are still many flaws in my game that I need to fix and solve as soon as possible. Winning this Platinum event title will a boost to my confidence. I’m dissatisfied with my performance in the past two World Tour events, so I wanted to win a title to prove myself. I used to feel more relaxed on the World Tour and I didn’t lose any match to a non-Chinese for five years and was able to at least make it to the semi-finals so I am glad I am back!” – Xu Xin

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