No stopping Liu Shiwen At 2018 Australian Open

(Photo: ITTF)

Liu Shiwen has captured her second Women’s Singles title of the year following a positive outing at the 2018 Australian Open in Geelong, Victoria.

The Chinese player, who was seeded second for the competition Down Under, accounted for Marina Matsuzawa, Gu Yuting and Yang Haeun before claiming a semi-finals victory over qualifier He Zhuojia to book a meeting with fellow compatriot Ding Ning.

Battling it out on the international stage for the 23rd occasion Liu Shiwen made the brighter start against Ding Ning in Geelong, claiming the opening two games of the tie to sail into an early lead.

Looking for her first trophy success of the 2018 ITTF World Tour, Ding Ning responded well with three consecutive game wins to flip the advantage in her favour for the first time in the final. However, with the next two ends going in the other direction it was Liu Shiwen who went on to receive the gold medal in dramatic style (11-5, 11-7, 3-11, 5-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6).

“This is my first time here in Australia, playing the Australian Open. The road to the title was very tough, but I am so happy that I finally won. Both of us made some slight changes to our tactics during the match. Ding Ning is a very strong opponent, even though I took the victory today, there’s still a lot of little details that I need to review and learn from this match. I’m very thankful to my fans who came here to support me and watch me play at the Australian Open.” – Liu Shiwen

Success in Geelong sees Liu Shiwen come away with her second title of 2018, having also emerged victorious at the 2018 Qatar Open in Doha.

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