Chen Meng and Lin Gaoyuan Strike Gold In Budapest

(Photos: ITTF)

The 2019 ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open in Budapest has proven to be an excellent playing field for athletes representing China with both singles finals featuring all-China line-ups.

Taking to the table for the first final of the day were the top two seeded players in the Women’s Singles event as Zhu Yuling and Chen Meng met face-to-face.

In a tense affair it was Zhu Yuling who held the upper hand in the early stages of the final, leading by two games to one and holding a game point in her favour. However, a superb response saw Chen Meng recover to draw the scores level at two games apiece before adding two further game wins to her name to lift her 10th World Tour Women’s Singles trophy (9-11, 11-7, 11-13, 13-11, 11-4, 11-5).

“We’ve played each other many, many times. I am pleased to win the title and I will do my best to raise or at least keep up my performance for the next competitions.” Chen Meng

The second title match of the day came in the Men’s Singles competition where third seed Lin Gaoyuan took on surprise finalist Wang Chuqin.

Unseeded and therefore required to start his journey in the qualifying rounds Wang Chuqin enjoyed a spectacular run in Budapest, beating top seed Fan Zhendong at the penultimate hurdle to secure his spot in the final. But, in the gold medal contest itself there was only one winner with Lin Gaoyuan needing just four games to seal the win (13-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9).

”I am really happy winning the title in the first competition of the year. Such a good start is a positive sign for the rest of the year for me. I was prepared for a long match in the final as we always play tight matches.” – Lin Gaoyuan

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