Ding Ning lifts World Cup for third time

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China’s Ding Ning has won the World Cup for the third occasion following a successful outing at the 2018 Women’s World Cup in Chengdu.

Success in the 2011 and 2014 editions of the tournament, Ding Ning was searching for her first title at the event in four years but standing in her way at the final hurdle was a major test with World No.1 Zhu Yuling providing the opposition.

Both players produced impressive performances, leading to a fast-paced battle on the table but one of the finalists held the clear edge over the other.

Ding Ning needed just four games to complete the job but the end score-line doesn’t tell the full story with all of the games being decided by no more than a three point margin (11-9, 11-8, 12-10, 11-8).

“I’m very happy with my victory. I think I’m really fortunate have won the title on all three occasions I have played. It’s indeed something to be excited about. I think this is definitely one of my best matches this year, I have been having ups and downs over the past few months but today I played really well. I see this as a new starting point. Today, even though I was able to win four-nil, it was definitely not an easy match, especially towards the latter stages; both of us played at a very high level. I was able to stay calm and implement my strategies firmly.” – Ding Ning

In three appearances at the tournament, Ding Ning has won all 14 of her fixtures at the Women’s World Cup.

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