Liu Shiwen Becomes World Champion At Third Attempt

(Photo: ITTF)

China’s Liu Shiwen has put her name up in lights as women’s singles champion following a fantastic run at the 2019 World Table Tennis Championships in Budapest.

Runner-up in 2013 and 2015 but this time at the third attempt Liu Shiwen finally sealed the ultimate prize, beating fellow compatriot Chen Meng at the final hurdle.

Off to a slow start Liu Shiwen responded well, winning two games back-to-back to establish a 2-1 lead. However, Chen Meng held the upper hand in game four, levelling the scores at 2-2.

Then out of nowhere Liu Shiwen produced a truly magnificent performance to win game five by a staggering 11-0 score-line before completing the job in game six (9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-0, 11-9).

Following the conclusion of the final point there were scenes of great celebration with Liu Shiwen shedding tears of joy and thanking her fans from the bottom of her heart for their support.

Disappointment for Chen Meng but at 25 years of age I’m sure we’ll see her back in gold medal contest action in the future.

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