Sun Yingsha and Ma Long Claim WTT Macao Titles

Congratulations to Sun Yingsha (Photo: ITTF)

China’s Sun Yingsha (20) and Ma Long (32) have made history at World Table Tennis (WTT)’s first event, claiming the Men’s and Women’s Singles titles at WTT Macao on 29 December.

Despite losing both of her Top 4 Seed Battles at the start of the tournament, Sun Yingsha fought back against the odds to reach the final stage where she met fellow Chinese Chen Xingtong (23).

Having previously demolished the respective second and third seeds, Ding Ning and Chen Meng, in the prior stages of the tournament, Chen Xingtong was to be a fierce prospect for the younger Sun Yingsha to navigate in the race for the WTT title.

However, the 20-year-old seemed unphased by Chen’s earlier heroics in the event, as she set about displaying an incredible amount of skill, earning a sizeable 3-0 lead.

Chen did manage to narrowly-claw the next set, with a nail-bitingly close game four marking going in her favour. Yet, she appeared to be no match for Sun in the end, who showcased her talent to the world with a 5-1 win (11-10, 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4), becoming the first-ever Women’s Singles Champion at a WTT event.

Ma Long lifts the Men’s Singles trophy aloft (Photo: ITTF)

The Men’s Singles category produced its fair share of stunning moments as well – with the No.1 seed Xu Xin experiencing defeat at the hands of the unseeded Mattias Falck in the preceding stages, it was Ma Long, No.2 seed, who appeared to be the new favourite for the title.

That being said, the 32-year-old would have his work cut out for him as he found himself up against Wang Chuqin (20) who was more than capable of turning up the heat having demolished Mattias Falck of Sweden in the penultimate match of the event.

Despite this though, Ma proved untroubled by Wang’s approach, as the Olympic and World champion seemed unfazed by his opponent, paving his way to a comfortable 4-0 advantage over Wang.

Although Wang was able to seize-back a small portion of the control, hitting-back at Ma by winning the final’s fifth game, albeit by a close score-line, Wang wasn’t able to establish a consistent foothold in the match. Wang was eventually overcome by ‘The Dragon’ Ma Long (11-5, 11-9, 11-4, 11-5, 10-11, 11-8), who went on to collect the first WTT Men’s Singles title, rewriting history in the process.

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