China Victorious Again, Women’s Gold Medal Secured

(Photo: ITTF)

The Chinese women’s team has once again prevailed on the big stage with a 3-1 win against Japan on 5th May handing China a record 21st Women’s Championship Division gold medal at the World Team Table Tennis Championships.

Entering the tie as the top seeds, China were understandably labelled title favourites heading into the tournament decider but in a rather shocking twist it was Japan who established the early advantage.

Trailing by a two games to one deficit, Mima Ito recovered back-to-back games to earn a breathtaking 3-2 victory over Liu Shiwen (11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10) to hand Japan the lead.

China soon levelled the scores through Ding Ning, who saw off Miu Hirano in straight games (11-6, 12-10, 13-11) before the defending champions took the lead for the first time in the match with Zhu Yuling proving too strong for Kasumi Ishikawa (11-4, 11-7, 11-8).

“Winning today is a real team effort. I thank everyone who is involved, all the coaches and everyone who has supported us. Now we go back to China and appraise the matches.” – Ding Ning

Liu Shiwen then made up for her opening match defeat with a fine display against Miu Hirano (11-6, 11-6, 12-10) to complete the 3-1 win.

“It’s a pity I did not win my first match especially after I was leading; I felt it was important that I won the fourth match. I am very happy that we are the World Champions; my thanks to all the fans who came here to support us.” – Liu Shiwen

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