2019 Uncle Pop Women’s World Cup
Sunday 20th October
Liu Shiwen wins in Chengdu
Successful in April at the Liebherr 2019 World Championships in Budapest; on Sunday 20th October Liu Shiwen won the Uncle Pop 2019 ITTF Women's World Cup title in Chengdu.
After causing Chinese Taipei heartache by beating Chen Szu-Yu, the no.13 seed (11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6) and Cheng I-Ching, the no.10 seed (11-4, 11-8, 11-5, 12-10); on the concluding day play, Liu Shiwen, the no.2 seed ended the progress of Lily Zhang from the United States, the no.18 seed (11-6, 11-1, 11-5, 11-5), prior to overcoming colleague Zhu Yuling, the top seed (11-6, 11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 15-13) to arrest the title.
In the opposite half of the draw, Zhu Yuling had overcome Canada’s Zhang Mo, the n.14 seed (11-2, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4), Germany’s Petrissa Solja, the no.11 seed and Singapore’s Feng Tianwei, the no.7 seed (11-1, 11-13, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-5) to reach the final.
Success for Liu Shiwen meant she avenged the decision of two years earlier when in Markham she had been beaten by Zhu Yuling in a seven games final (11-13, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10); a result that is significant. It is the only match that Liu Shiwen has ever lost when competing in the Women’s World Cup.
Gold in Chengdu means that Liu Shiwen has now won the Women’s World Cup title five times; previously she succeeded in 2009 in Guangzhou, 2012 in Huangshi, the following year in Kobe, before emerging victorious in 2015 in Sendai. Moreover, Liu Shiwen is now the most successful player ever in the history of the tournament. She now goes one ahead of compatriot Zhang Yining who won in 2001 in Wuhu and 2002 in Singapore, prior to succeeding again in consecutive years, in 2004 in Xiaoshan and in 2005 in Guangzhou.
Defeat for Zhu Yuling on her fourth appearance in a Women’s World Cup tournament, additional to winning in Markham, she was a quarter-finalist in 2015 in Sendai.
Feng Tianwei beat Lily Zhang to secure third place (11-6, 11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 15-13).
Editor: Ian Marshall
Photo Credit:Rémy Gros