China Above The Rest At 2019 ITTF Team World Cup

China simply unstoppable at 2019 ITTF Team World Cup in Tokyo (Photo: ITTF)

The Japanese capital of Tokyo played host to the 2019 ITTF ZEN-NOH ITTF Team World Cup, with 12 countries participating in two different events.

It was the World Cup favourites, Team China, who found themselves in both finals: beating the host nations Team Japan in the semi-final of the Men’s Team category without dropping a single match, China accounted for Chinese Taipei by a 3-0 margin in the Women’s Team semi-finals.

In the Men’s Team final Korea Republic provided the opposition. They had been looking strong the entire tournament, dropping only two matches on the way to the final, to face the seemingly unbeatable force of China.

The so-called underdogs Korea Republic pushed an early obstacle in China’s way with the fantastic duo of Lee Sangsu and Jeoung Youngsik defeating their opponents Xu Xin and Liang Jingkun across five games.

This was just a minor issue for the tournament favourites, with Fan Zhendong and Liang Jingkun separately each earning a singles match to give China a 2-1 lead. It was then Lee Sangsu, who was tasked with defeating the current World No.1 Fan Zhendong to keep Korea Republic in the match.

However, Fan was just too strong for his opponent, producing a crushing 3-0 win for the Chinese, to secure the title for China.

The Women’s Team final proved a much more straightforward affair for China, running out 3-0 winners against hosts Japan.

Chen Meng and Liu Shiwen got China off the mark with a convincing display in their doubles meeting with Miu Hirano and Kasumi Ishikawa before Sun Yingsha doubled the lead with a fine comeback from two games down to beat Mima Ito 3-2.

Then it was Liu Shiwen’s turn to produce the goods, seeing off Miu Hirano in straight games to guide China to title glory.

Women’s Team runners-up Japan standing alongside champions China (Photo: ITTF)

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